Filed: Sunday, 2nd October 2011
By: Staff Writer
Dougie Freedman believes his side can be well-pleased with their last week's work, which culminated with a draw against West Ham at Selhurst Park yesterday...
Dougie: a fair result?
I would have taken six points, we are a club that's on the up [going] and heading in the right direction. We had performances today today and against Brighton and could have got six points but I look at it that as long as we're moving forward [it's ok]. Performance-wise, over these last two games it's been of a very high standard which in most games will get you six points. Unfortunately it was four this week, but I'd have setlled for six!
We spoke about the youngsters in the squad; it seems they're growing up very fast here?
They've done fantastically well. The experienced pros are around them every day and it doesn't half help them. We are a club right now that's producing our own and we're a team with hunger and desire to win football matches. We've got a good blend and it's very pleasing to see.
Glenn Murray had another very good game today?
Glenn played fantastically well against Blackpool a few weeks ago when he came off the bench so I think he's into his stride. He's looking fitter, he's looking stronger and he's looking confident. As clever as he is you can work off him.
Is it two points dropped or a point gained?
If we put our fan base, our finances and our expectations against West Ham we should have been nowhere in sight. It's testament to the club and to the players that we're hanging in there and we don't take it very lightly with anybody coming down here. So I'm disappointed not to pick up the three points but I know we're headed in the right direction.
You say that about competing on financial terms but you had 20,000 here today; is it about trying to establish Palace as a big club again?
I think we're far from that, I believe the club is on a hangover from administration and we're still finding our feet. My job is to make us [go] in the right direction and then hopefully, one day, we'll get back to the Premier League.
What some people find refreshing is that you come in at the end of these matches and say you enjoyed them, despite the result?
Well I did enjoy it, that's the reason I say it; if I didn't, I wouldn't! I did enjoy it because I thought it was a very good game with two very different sides. One very physical, powerful team that hit a lot of long balls in the box against a team with energy and pace who tried to cut through them. So it was a very enjoyable game with two different sides.
I felt in the end it was a decent result, a decent performance and a good, well-earned point.
Dougie Freedman was speaking to the BBC.
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