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Glasner: Congrats to the team, but we still have to improve

6 May 2024
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Palace head coach praises for his side after 4-0 win against Man Utd but says they must stay humble

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Oliver Glasner was full of praise for his Crystal Palace side after their outstanding 4-0 success against Manchester United, but says they must keep striving to get better.

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“Congratulations – but always stay humble. We know it is not so long ago where we struggled with relegation, just five points away, but now we've found ourselves and the players have confidence,” Glasner told Sky Sports.

“We are doing well, but we still have a lot to improve.

“I think the first-half, we didn't really play as well as we could, so it was not that consistent.

“In defence we opened the middle too often and they could find the pockets and we had a little bit of a problem, but we were very efficient, so we scored very nice goals.

“But, at half-time, we made two or three adaptations, the players listened again and in the second-half, we were much better and were in much more control of the game.

“We created a lot of chances, we scored nice goals, but we were a little bit more consistent in our basics and so it's a great win, and congrats to the team.” 

Glasner was pleased with the way his side restricted Man Utd to just seven shots on goal, which then enabled them to show their quality when in a goalscoring opportunity. 

“This game, I think, is the first game where we didn't give the opponent more than 10 shots. It was seven [for Man Utd].

“We were very, very compact in defence and we know we have quality when we get our players in the situations to score a goal, and now we have this confidence and efficiency.

“[The players] are playing well. We scored a goal after a throw-in against Liverpool. We scored after a throw-in at Fulham, so it's no coincidence. We get the players in the positions and then yes, Michael Olise has a great finish.

“The second one, we maybe adjusted it three or four times, we brought Man Utd to the side. They [Man Utd] are pressing and winning the ball, and it is Chris Richards or Tyrick Mitchell passing to JP Mateta, and we know we have an advantage with the pace. Then, he can show his quality, but it is always teamwork.

“[For the fourth goal] Daniel Munoz wins the ball back against Casemiro after we lost it, so it was a lot of intensity and passion, and then, Michael gets the ball and he has the quality to score the goals – but we need everybody to contribute, otherwise, it wouldn't be possible to win 4-0.

“It's all credit to the character of the players, because they trusted us from the first day. They listened, they tried and they worked really hard in training and now, they get their reward.”

Palace will aim to continue this superb form under Glasner in their final two matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers this Saturday before finishing against Aston Villa at Selhurst Park.

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