Milivojevic - What Could've Been Against City
Midfielder Luka Milivojevic has been reflecting on Crystal Palace's first half showing against Manchester City in what became a very heavy defeat.
Heading to the Etihad Stadium for the game, Palace were eventually beaten five nil on the day, but Milivojevic felt that our first half showing should've seen us open our Premier League account for the year with good chances coming for us and Ruben Loftus-Cheek hitting the woodwork.
Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as he met with the media following the game, he explained.
'The first half was a period of the game where we had three or four opportunities to score and certainly deserved at least a goal but then we conceded at a difficult time, just before the break, and then in a short space of time they score the second and third goals. We certainly didn`t give up but City are a side with a lot of qualities and they finished the game off.'
'In our six league games so far this season there have been periods of the game where we have had opportunities to get the advantage but you need to show your quality and take the chances. Its part of showing your quality and we must improve and make sure we do that in our games coming up.'
With the five nil defeat to City now seeing a trip to old Trafford and Manchester United, followed by a Selhurst clash against Chelsea, things certainly don't get any easier - especially if Christian Benteke is out for a sustained period of time.
'It`s a very difficult period for us after six games to still be looking for a first win but we know that we have a good squad and I am sure we can turn this current position around. We know we have two difficult matches coming up but it`s a long season and I am sure can turn this around and stay in this league.'
Milivojevic ended with praise for the fans and their continued support of the group despite our struggles.
'I would like to thank the fans who have once again shown great support today. They believe in us but we need to believe in ourselves. After the first half we were all feeling very positive and we went out with the intention to show the same again but their quality came through and they showed why they are first in the table and being impressive so far this season.'