DOUGIE Freedman hailed the best comeback of his managerial career after his Crystal Palace side stunned high-flying Cardiff City by coming from two goals behind at half-time to take a memorable 3-2 victory at Selhurst Park.

It had looked as though the game was lost as early as the 15th minute after the Welsh outfit took an early two-goal lead through Aaron Gunnarsson and Don Cowie.

But the Eagles flew out of the blocks after the interval, taking the game to the visitors and reaping the rewards.

Former Brighton hit-man Glenn Murray scored a second half hat-trick to secure three points and cement Palace’s recent resurgence in form.

“As a comeback, it is the best since I have been a manager,” said a delighted Freedman.

“I don’t think we deserved to be 2-0 down.

“Their goals came against the run of play, so I think it was the correct result and I was delighted with the character and the energy we showed to achieve this result.

“Our approach play was really good in the first half but we did ask the boys to increase the tempo slightly because we are a very fit and energetic young team and we use a lot of energy going forward.

“We had sparred with them in the first half and I felt if we increased the speed of our play, especially in getting the ball out wide, we could cause them problems and that came off.”

The win topped a fine run of results for the Eagles who have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 so far this month, a record that the Scotsman believes could and should have been even better.

He explained: “Cardiff are a very good side who will be in the shape up come the end of the season so it makes me very proud as a manager to see my side stand up to a huge challenge this week against Nottingham Forest and Cardiff.

“I felt our performances deserved two wins and it is unfortunate we have only got one win.”

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