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Freedman lauds 'fantastic' Murray

2 September 2012

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman paid tribute to Glenn Murray after his brace finally saw the Eagles pick up their first points of the new season.

The former Brighton striker struck after just 29 seconds and then fired the winner seven minutes from time to end Wednesday's unbeaten 18-match league run under manager Dave Jones.

And Freedman admitted that Murray had been difference between the two sides as Palace moved off the foot of the npower Championship table courtesy of the 2-1 victory.

"He was fantastic," said Freedman. "I feel very strongly on Glenn Murray because I was the one who brought him to the club and he put in some incredible work for the team.

"I believe we will get better and stronger but we showed some real character to win the game.

"We were low on confidence and playing against a side who have gone on a long unbeaten run.

"I think our performance showed exactly what this club is all about."

It was Wednesday's first defeat in the league since Jones took charge back on March 1, with the manager blaming the referee's indecisiveness for handing Palace the points.

He said: "It's unbelievable - the referee turned the whole game. I thought he was poor."

The former Cardiff boss added: "It's a difficult place to come without them giving them a helping hand along the way. We probably didn't do enough to win the game but we certainly didn't deserve to lose it."

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