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Nacer targets 'fresh start' after Palace loss

Posted on 11 January 2015  - 09:45

Nacer Chadli says the players are determined to kick-start another unbeaten run after losing out at Palace on Saturday.

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The 2-1 defeat represented our first in seven matches in the Premier League and only the second in 14 in all competitions stretching back to mid-November.

We looked set to stretch that league run to seven matches when Harry Kane drilled home the opener four minutes in the second half at Selhurst Park.

But playing their first game under new boss Alan Pardew, Palace, a tough nut to crack throughout, were handed a way back into the game when Benji Stambouli was penalised for a challenge on Joe Ledley in the box on 69 minutes and Dwight Gayle buried the spot-kick.  Jason Puncheon hit the winner in the 81st minute.

“After the first goal we had to push for the second, unfortunately we didn’t and Palace came back into the game with a penalty,” reflected Nacer.

“I thought we were in control at 1-0 but after the penalty we were not in the game anymore and that’s a big disappointment for everyone.

“Like we did before, after a loss we have to make things clear again and make a fresh start - and that’s what we going to do.”

Next up is the FA Cup third round replay against Burnley at the Lane on Wednesday (January 14, 8pm).