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Holloway's 'deja vu' at St Andrew's

16 December 2012

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway expressed his disappointment after his side threw away a two-goal lead at Birmingham.

Palace were in command when Glenn Murray made it 20 goals for the season as he completed his double to make it 2-0 on the hour mark. But substitute Nikola Zigic and Papa Bouba Diop levelled things up to ensure Lee Clark's men claimed a share of the spoils.

"So far as I am concerned it is deja vu," former Blackpool boss Holloway said. "The last time I was here we were 2-0 up and looked as if we were cruising and ended 2-2. It felt strangely strange. You have to give Birmingham credit but we made one or two mistakes after they sent on Zigic and we looked a little vulnerable.

"All in all I still thought it was a very good performance. I am probably disappointed with Birmingham's second goal as it was a free header from a corner. But the defining moment for me occurred when we had a breakaway before scoring the second goal. (Andre) Moritz hardly ever misses in situations like that but he went over.

"But give Birmingham full credit. Lee Clark's teams hardly give up. They are not having it easy and the season has not gone their way."

Despite coming back from 2-0 down, Birmingham boss Lee Clark felt his side let themselves down by not applying the basics.

He said: "I think there was only one team going to win it when the final whistle went. I didn't think there was much in the first half. We gave away an awful goal when we didn't compete on the edge of their box.

"The second goal was something we had discussed all week. We didn't track the run and this was down to simple basics. When we were looking down the barrel we have once again produced the half an hour performance that enabled us to get back into the game and potentially win it.

"We were in the ascendancy at the final whistle and I've said to the players 'Why can't we play like that from the first whistle?' Why can't we play with that drive, determination, desire and aggressive running without the ball?

"We appear to have the shackles on when it's 0-0. We do not play with the freedom we show when we have to come from behind."

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