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Warnock Refuses To Criticise Players After Hull Defeat

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.

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Palace Outworked By Hull As Warnock Suffers First Defeat

Neil Warnock suffered his first defeat since returning to the managerial hot-seat at Crystal Palace, as they went down 2-0 to Hull City on Saturday afternoon.

Second half goals for Diame and Jelavic saw off a Palace side who suffered a massive blow in the first-half when central defender Scott Dann was forced off with knee ligament damage, seeing Adrian Mariappa replace him at the back.

Throughout the afternoon, our wingers proved ineffective against an extremely well organised Hull side, leading to frustration on our part, and although Neil Warnock brought Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle on for the closing stages, we seldom looked much of a threat going forward.

After the buoyancy of recent weeks, today’s result proves to anyone who was beginning to wonder, that there really are no easy games in the Premier League, a fact that is highlighted perfectly by the fact that our next fixture sees us welcome Chelsea to Selhurst Park.

There will be more reaction to today’s game to follow.

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