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Play Off Miss Wouldn't Be A Disaster

Ian Holloway has said he is taking a laid back approach when it comes to Crystal Palace achieving or failing in our push for a play off spot this season.

Speaking to News Shopper the gaffer denied being worried about missing out on the play off spots following the season we've had explaining.

'Every day you put yourself up to go and win and there is a distinct possibility that you might not. You either draw or you lose.'

Holloway says that when you lose you start looking at why you lost, you try and learn from it, and you try and put those things into action during training so the team grows and develops.

'You never pick a team that you think is going to lose, you never ask them to lose. You have come back, re do and then try again.'

Holloway goes on to say that especially as he didn't put the bulk of this squad together, he has learnt tons about the players both as individuals but also importantly as units within the team since he joined, and he points to the importance of Mile Jedinak for example who he describes as being 'absolutely vital to the unification of the team'.

So when players like him have been missing, especially through what Holloway believes are 'ridiculous decisions' by a referee, it hampers the overall squad's chance of taking maximum points.

However he's not specifically looking for excuses because our achievement this season nobody would've put money on at the start of the campaign, so if we fail - whilst gutting - we've still taken massive strides forward in a very small amount of time, so we can't be too downhearted.

'I've said all along the hardest point that you need to get is the one that gets you there. I believe we have as good a chance as anyone. Realistically we've got a fantastic chance of being in the play offs.'

But again for the worry that we don't make it and lose - 'it's an occupational hazard that you have to learn and get over.'

A lot of sense in what Holloway says in the overall interview to be fair.

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Writer: Eddy Eagle Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 2 2013

Time: 9:45PM

 

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