Warnock praises nine men
Palace boss Neil Warnock praised his players after his side were reduced to nine men and still managed a 0-0 draw against Burnley.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 23/08/08 7:09pm
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock praised his players after his side were reduced to nine men but still claimed a point with a 0-0 draw against Burnley.
It was the referee Iain Williamson who was the centre of attention after dismissing both James Scowcroft and Shaun Derry after two bookable offences.
But with two players shy, Warnock was encouraged by his side's battling performance, saying: "I am proud of my players today. To restrict Burnley like that with only nine men was impressive.
"Everyone knows we need a striker and by Monday week, I hope to have one and then the season will take off.
"I think my players showed what they had under their shirts and we restricted them at the back.
"I can't fault any of my players - I'm just disappointed we did not manage to get the three points."
First Scowcroft was shown a second yellow card for raising his arm and it was a carbon copy of the same infringement which had seen him booked in the 36th minute.
Palace captain Derry then followed his team-mate after his challenge on Wade Elliott was late meriting a yellow card to add to the one he had picked up moments earlier for dissent.
But Warnock was not entirely happy with the decisions, adding: "With Derry it was a second yellow card, you cannot complain about that.
"But I think [the referee] got it wrong with the Scowcroft incident. They were both doing it when you look at the video.
"Everyone gets judged when they jump with their arms."
Burnley looked to make their two-man advantage count and they were unlucky not to have snatched the points when Chris McCann bundled the ball over the line in the 75th minute. But Williamson disallowed the goal for handball.
It was a decision which Burnley boss Owen Coyle, also felt was incorrect.
He said: "I thought we had scored a perfectly good goal which was chalked off and also [Palace goalkeeper] Julian Speroni made some top-class saves.
"In the first half we both looked nervous. Palace are looking to score their first goal but we started well in the second half and then the sending offs came along.
"We showed some application and the effort was there but credit to Palace because they defended with their lives.
"The work ethic was good but we need to work on the final third because we could have had three points."