Josh Onomah started his fifth game of the campaign with Luke McGee on the bench for only the third time alongside Harry Winks. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Shayon Harrison were also in the matchday squad.
Try as we might, we couldn’t find the breakthrough against a Palace side who defended stoutly and scored the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time.
“I said to Josh, I thought he played well and he’s really improved this season,” said Michel, now one of the elder statesmen in the squad at 32.
“It’s all great experience for him but the younger players have to learn from it, that’s so important for the future.
“I was only speaking to Toni Jimenez (goalkeeping coach) about something similar the other day with young Tom Glover, he went away with us in the Europa League and it’s great for the young players to be on a European away trip and then back to play again on Sunday. It’s always a better experience when you win but losing is also part of the game.”
Michel pointed to missed chances as the key against Palace. “It was one of those games where if you don’t take your chances it becomes the perfect situation for Palace, because they can defend well. But we missed too many chances,” he added.
“We could have scored early and to hit the post twice like Dele did is unbelievable really but again, it’s one of those games. We have to learn for it. We’re still in a good run and of course, losing hurts us all but we have to try to take some positives.”