Neil Warnock refused to feel downhearted after suffering his first defeat since returning to Crystal Palace at Hull yesterday afternoon.
Despite two second half goals from Diame and Jelavic for the hosts, Warnock felt the players gave him everything they could, on a day when the team as a a whole struggled to create chances.
Speaking after the game, he said:
“Yes to lose the game is disappointing but I can’t fault the effort but we probably needed a little more belief at times.
“When we went a goal behind we had our best spell of the game but I need to see that before we are in that situation.
“I can’t criticise, I thought them playing at home and they change things around was a compliment to what they thought of us.
“I’m disappointed with one or two things but I can’t fault the effort, you could all see that was certainly there.
“The first goal was always going to be vital and we didn’t take our chances. If my players can continue to give me what they gave today then I can’t complain.
“I’ve just left a disappointed dressing room and that is how it should be, when you lose a game of football at this level, you are all disappointed and that’s how my lads feel.”
Whilst the last few weeks have understandably seen confidence beginning to flow amongst our players and fans alike, yesterday’s result and performance served to bring us all back down to earth with a bump. Although Hull didn’t play particularly well themselves, they did manage to outwork us throughout, with our creative players struggling to gain momentum at any stage.
There’s no reason to worry unduly about our long-term prospects of survival as a direct consequence of yesterday, but if nothing else, it proves that there is no such thing as an easy game in the Premier League.