Holloway curses Palace luck

Ian Holloway was left cursing Crystal Palace's luck after two individual strokes of genius from Fulham on Monday.

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Holloway: Things not going well for Pala

Holloway: Things not going well for Pala

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway was left cursing his side's luck as two individual strokes of genius from Fulham saw the Eagles' ultimately slip to a 4-1 home defeat on Monday evening.

The 50-year-old was holding further discussions with Palace owner Steve Parish on Tuesday morning after the two were locked in a lengthy meeting in the immediate aftermath of the loss.

Fulham's Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell both struck stunning volleys to cancel out Adrian Mariappa's opener with Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos adding the gloss to the win in the second half.

Holloway was left bemoaning the thunderous effort from Kasami and felt it summed up Palace's luck at the moment as they remain 19th in the Barclays Premier League.table with just three points from their opening eight games.

"At the minute every single thing that could go wrong has and is," he said.

"That bloke's (Kasami) volley from the edge of the box, have you seen a better goal this year? It all started quite well and then there were two bolts from the blue.

"If you have seen two better goals than that his season I'd like to seem them myself, it knocked the stuffing out of everybody."

Holloway is well known for his motivational demeanour but he admitted his players were feeling down following the result.

"It was totally and utterly as flat as a pancake in there [the dressing room] and it is so unrelenting as we now have Arsenal [on Saturday]," he added.

"But a lot of that first 20-25 minutes was very good, just because someone has just scored from 25 yards with a dipping volley, let's get on with it.

"You're trying to learn how to win in this division and that is the truth. We are not the only team when they concede two goals like that might lose a bit of stuffing."

With Holloway's tenure seemingly remaining in the balance, Martin Jol's position at Fulham will have been strengthened as the Cottagers equalled their best-ever Premier League away win in front of owner Shahid Khan.

Switzerland international Kasami, 21, whose goal Jol compared to the famous Marco van Basten volley from Euro '88, was happy to ease the pressure on his boss.

"I am very pleased for the manager," he said.

"It was not right how people judged him, he is a fantastic coach and a top manager. He didn't deserve the criticism."

The former Palermo youngster was delighted with his effort and has challenged Fulham to add to their back-to-back league wins as they look to turn their faltering start to the season around.

"I saw Sascha [Riether] with the ball on the right side, I ran into the space, took it nice with my chest and volleyed it with my right foot," he said.

"I have scored two goals with my right foot before but this was the nicest goal I have ever scored. It gives me a lot of confidence but I am still young and I still can improve.

"It is always nice when we win and you score a nice goal. Now we have won two games in a row, we have to keep working hard and getting positive results."

A trip to high-flying Southampton is next up for Fulham whilst Palace will entertain league-leaders Arsenal in Saturday's early kick-off but it remains to be seen if Holloway will be the man in the home dugout in four days' time.


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