Crystal Palace pay the price for defensive slip-ups as they lose top spot in the Championship
Holloway believed Palace were unlucky not to have come away with at least a point, insisting: “That performance was as good as I’ve seen since I’ve been here. We’ve got to show now that we can recover. We at least deserved a point but sometimes football isn’t fair.”After an uncomfortable opening 15 minutes, Palace took contro,l with Owen Garvan, Jonathan Parr, Glenn Murray and Peter Ramage all guilty of spurning chances. Wilfried Zaha also had a penalty appeal waved away on half-time but, for all their attacking intent, it was their usually solid back-line that proved their undoing, with both Leeds goals preventable. The first came via a mix up between Damien Delaney and Peter Ramage, which allowed Luciano Becchio to steal in and finish from close range. The second again involved Ramage who deflected Paul Green’s shot beyond the dive of Julian Speroni.
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