Saturday 31 August 2013
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said that he was "delighted" with his side's performance after they collected their first Barclays Premier League points of the campaign with a 3-1 home victory over Sunderland.
The South London side took the lead through Danny Gabbidon in the ninth minute only to be pegged back by Steven Fletcher's header just after the hour. However, John O'Shea’s foul on Jason Puncheon 12 minutes from time resulted in the Sunderland captain's dismissal and a penalty for Palace, which was converted by Dwight Gayle, and Stuart O'Keefe rounded off a memorable first victory in the top flight for the Eagles.
"It feels fantastic," said Holloway, who felt his side had got what they deserved after encouraging performances thus far against Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City had failed to return any points. "I thought we showed great character and no mean skill as well. I was really pleased with the overall performance.
"I thought we gave a great account of ourselves against Tottenham the first game, they can rip people to shreds. Against Stoke in the first half we were as good as that. Second half we made a couple of mistakes and got slaughtered for it.
"The lads have come back fighting and buzzing. If you look at (Marouane) Chamakh's effort today, he proves to everybody that he wants to work for us and he's not even fit yet. Obviously, I'm absolutely delighted for the boys, we thoroughly deserved it."
Holloway added that further signings are likely to come to Selhurst Park before the transfer window closes on 2 September with deals for Reading Jimmy Kebe and Huddersfield Town full-back Jack Hunt all but done.
"The chairman and I have been working so hard to bring some more people in," Holloway told Sky Sports. "I think we've got two done today, hopefully we'll get another three or four done."
When asked to confirm who the two he was referring to were, Holloway responded: "Jack Hunt, right-back, and Jimmy Kebe."
He added: "We need to get some strength in depth to help these boys and I won't block up the youth either because to see Jonny Williams and Stuey O'Keefe coming on, that's the Palace way really."
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