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Holloway: It was my fault

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway said his players played like 'strangers' but was happy to shoulder the blame for Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Swansea.

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The Palace manager kept his players in the changing room after the match for a dressing down, although he accepted the lion's share of the blame after being forced to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban.

"I am absolutely gutted," said Holloway. "If you had seen the work we did, what we talked about and how sharp we were, I was excited then it all faded away in about one minute 30 seconds, didn't it?

"The changes I had to make with the new lads coming in and it looked like they were strangers.

"With the greatest respect, that is as bad I ever want to feel sat here. I didn't enjoy any minute.

"It was my fault not being on the line with them, for losing my temper against Tottenham. I felt estranged and out of it and they have to feel the manager is with them, so please blame me.

"I needed to be there today and they'd have felt a little bit more confident, we would have got a little tighter to things.

"When the manager is there it is a little bit different so I would rather blame myself."

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