Freedman: Palace comeback the best of my managemeny career

Freedman: Palace comeback the best of my management career

Freedman: Palace comeback the best of my management career

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Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman paid tribute to his players for taking all three points in the league fixture against Cardiff at Selhurst Park on Saturday after going 2-0 down inside 15 minutes.

Glen Murray's second-half hat-trick stole the show as the Eagles secured a third win in four games to remain unbeaten in the Championship in September.

Buit the Selhurst Park chief insisted it was a team effort.

"As a comeback it's the best I've had in my managerial career," said Freedman.

"I don't think we deserved to be two down. To show the character and energy we did, it was a correct result.
 

"If you were watching the game, you saw we didn't deserve to be down. We played with fantastic approach play, with crosses.
 

"In the second half, the shots were coming off and we were causing them a lot of problems.

"Cardiff are a good side and they'll be in the shake-up come the end of the season, so it makes me even prouder as a manager that we've stood up to a huge challenge this week against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest.

"The two performances deserved two wins really."
 

Despite the two goal deficit Freedman said the message to his side at half-time had been a simple one.

"You have to be very truthful and honest with the players at half-time.

"We told them to up the tempo, we're a very fit and exciting team that uses a lot of energy going forward and we'd sparred with them in the first and felt if we upped the tempo.  Fortunately enough that came off."

The manager also praised midfielder Andre Moritz, who was starting only his second game for the Eagles.

"I had an experience last year with AntonioPedroza who was a wonderful young player but couldn't adapt, and that's taught me as a manager that it takes time.

"Andre is starting to gel with the lads, socially and around the training ground, and you're starting to see that in performances.

"I think he'll be a big player for us, the way he holds the ball and the timing of his passes to the wingers is crucial for us. As time goes on he's going to get better."

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