Freedman proud of Vaughan
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman hailed striker James Vaughan after their win over Middlesbrough.
Last Updated: 05/02/11 7:54pm
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman hailed striker James Vaughan after he scored the winner in their 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
It was Freedman's first win since taking over at Selhurst Park, sending struggling Boro into further trouble towards the foot of the Championship.
Vaughan's winner with ten minutes left of the first half keeps the Eagles out of the drop zone, but Freedman insisted he was not feeling any pressure on his shoulders.
"Fortune favours the brave and Vaughany is definitely brave. I am always going to stick up for the strikers, that's for sure."
"I am under no pressure, so in a strange way I knew the first win would come. We have a dressing room who will give everything they have got.
"I have always had the feeling I have enough up top to get goals. It is not being cocky, it is just coming together.
Palace possibly could have sealed the game at the end when striker Wilfred Zaha went down in the box, but was adjudged to have dived, something Freedman disagreed with.
"Wilfred didn't dive. When you go at the speed he does and gets a knock, he will lose his balance.
"It is a case of the referee not knowing the kid because I do and he doesn't dive."
Boro manager Tony Mowbray was left ruing another defeat after an initial bright start and a failure to convert good chances.
"Today was about us trying to break them down. One lapse in concentration and a huge deflection when the ball was probably going wide was enough for them," said Mowbray.
"We didn't do enough. We were a little way short of our usual standards. My main disappointment was that we weren't good enough to score."