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Holloway expected late rally

12 November 2012

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway remains confident his side's unbeaten npower Championship run was not at risk despite having to come from behind to beat Peterborough 2-1.

Grant McCann fired Posh into an early lead and they maintained their advantage until two goals in the space of three minutes late on kept Palace top and stretched their unbeaten run to 13 games.

Holloway said: "You never say never with the lads that I have in that dressing room and it is a great place to be at the minute."

Brazilian substitute Andre Moritz levelled in the 80th minute before Kagisho Dikgacoi completed a stunning breakaway when slotting past Bobby Olejnik moments later in front of a jubilant travelling army of more than 3,000 Palace fans.

"We were terrific from start to finish and I always believed that if we could get ourselves level a second goal might follow," Holloway added. "That's exactly how it turned out and the manner of our second goal, which started from a punch from my keeper, was fantastic.

"Peterborough defended really well and Darren (Ferguson) will be disappointed because he won't feel he owed us anything, but that stats will tell you that we deserved the points. Someone said we are showing Championship-winning form, but that can soon change. We just have to try to keep it going."

Posh began brightly and hit the front on six minutes when McCann made no mistake after a George Boyd shot had been deflected into his path, but Palace bossed the clash from then on with brilliant birthday boy Wilfried Zaha posing a constant threat.

And it was no surprise when the ?20million rated wideman had a hand in both goals. Zaha and Glenn Murray combined to release Moritz for the leveller before he charged 70 yards after pouncing on a Julian Speroni punch and released Dikgacoi to break Posh's hearts.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson was left to heap praise on Zaha as his own team were condemned to a third successive defeat. Ferguson said: "He is the best player in this league and will go to the top.

"He was unplayable at times but we didn't help ourselves by endlessly giving away the ball due to poor passing. We were well beaten and I'm firmly of the opinion that after 16 matches you deserve to be where you are in the league table."

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