Eagles boss is all about media harmony and getting credit for his players

Wimbledon Guardian: Attention from all quarters: Wilfried Zaha and his Palace team mates are finding themselves in the spotlight in all sorts of guises Attention from all quarters: Wilfried Zaha and his Palace team mates are finding themselves in the spotlight in all sorts of guises

Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman says the Eagles' fine run of form has silenced some, if not all, the critics.

Since losing three Championship games on the bounce at the beginning of the season, Palace are unbeaten in seven games picking up 19 points from a possible 21.

Moreover, Freedman's attackers have scored in every game this season, even the ones which ended in defeat, and wonderkid Wilfried Zaha is hitting form scoring four goals in the last two games.

But as the international break offers most of the Palace players a chance to recuperate from a punishing schedule of three games in a week, Freedman took the time to reflect on how the Eagles are now in the crosshair of media attention.

The Scot said: "The beginning of the season was tough, with the three defeats, but we turned it around and the lads have responded tremendously well since that win against Sheffield Wednesday when we got on a roll.

"Our run has silenced the critics, although there are some who still criticise even when we’re winning.

"But with success comes attention and how we handle it that is the key. We're the story of the moment, and the lads deserve all the credit they get because sometimes the criticism from all quarters is unfair."

But Freedman is well aware of his duties beyond the training pitch and the dug out, and that fans want to hear their manager's thoughts come win, lose or draw.

He said: "I enjoy dealing with the media, I am the kind of person who needs the news around him. Without it, I would be lost.

"Dealing with the media is part of the job and something I am used to having been a player for 20 years, going through ups and downs.

"I also understand that the guys like you have a job to do, so I try to be very fair and honest in my approach.

"I know reporters have pages to fill and I always try and explain things in such a way that, without being disrespectful, everyone, including the media, Eagles fans and fans in general, gets my point and understands what my vision is without being too clever on the subject."

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