Oliver Skipp said there were lessons to learn after Saturday’s loss at Selhurst Park.
It was one of those days at Selhurst Park. Already without the services of Steven Bergwijn, Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Heung-Min Son after the international break, we lost Eric Dier to injury after only 12 minutes and then his central defensive partner Japhet Tanganga to a red card on the hour.
In a scrappy, yet intense derby, Palace took another 20 minutes to break us down, and that came via the penalty spot after Ben Davies handled Conor Gallagher’s cross. Wilfried Zaha slotted home from the spot and substitute Odsonne Eduard added two late goals.
Skippy reflected: “Even with 11 men, I felt we were sloppy with the ball at times, and then you go a man down and it’s always difficult, especially in an atmosphere like this. The sending off didn’t help and it’s something we’ll look back on. There are definitely lessons to take from that game.
“I felt that they didn’t create too much, we didn’t create too much. We needed to be a bit more proactive on the ball, which we weren’t. There weren’t that many chances in the game, really, and the penalty broke us down eventually.
“We can’t get too down. We’ve had a good start with three wins (in the Premier League) and we’ll take the lessons from today. It shows there is improvement that needs to happen, regardless of the results. We’ll be looking to put it right in Europe on Thursday, as players, that’s our opportunity to put things right.”
We travel to Rennes, France, to take on Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais in our first group match of the UEFA Europa Conference League om Thursday (5.45pm UK).