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Crystal Palace showed Selhurst Park is no easy place to visit, blogs Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips - Kevin Phillips Posted 21st August 2013 view comments

We may have lost our Premier League opener to Tottenham 1-0 but everyone at Crystal Palace has taken plenty of positives from our performance on Sunday.

I said in last week's blog that Spurs first up was never going to be the easiest game but, although the result wasn't what we were looking for, we showed we can compete in this league, we're not going to be a soft touch and Selhurst will be no easy place to come this season.

Holloway: was angered by several refereeing decisions

Holloway: was angered by several refereeing decisions

There will have been a lot of teams and managers watching that match and they'll have realised when they come to play us at our place they will have to be on top of their game to get anything.

Our manager, Ian Holloway, has got into some trouble with the FA for his comments after the match about some of the refereeing decisions - I think that just shows how the heat and pressure of the Premier League can affect you.

We showed against Spurs that Crystal Palace can compete in this league and Selhurst will be no easy place to come this season.

Kevin Phillips
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But some of the decisions were frustrating.

Firstly, we felt there was a foul leading up to Spurs winning their penalty. I was sitting on the bench right next to the manager and we could see it clearly was a foul by Nacer Chadli on Stephen Dobbie. The ref didn't give it and 30 seconds later they went up the other end and got a penalty.

Secondly, the penalty was one of those where it was more ball to hand than hand to ball. It happened so quickly and Dean Moxey, trying to block the cross, was naturally going to have his arms everywhere because of his body position.

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It's disappointing to lose a game in that style but we almost got an equaliser at the end, when we forced Hugo Lloris into a double save.

I felt nice and sharp when I came on, too - although I perhaps could have done a little better with a chance I put over the bar - and as a team there were many positives for us so we move on to focus on Stoke away now.

When I looked at the fixture list in the summer, I picked this trip to Stoke and next week's home game against Sunderland as good opportunities for us to get some points on the board.

To survive in this league you've got to beat the teams who will be in and around you come the end of the season. Who knows whether Stoke will be there or not but they did struggle last year and with a new manager in it might not be plain sailing for them so we're motivated to get something out of this match.

We will be doing some physical work on Wednesday after Tuesday's rest day but then on Thursday and Friday we'll be working on some technical things. Although our mindset doesn't change from game to game, Stoke play a different system to Tottenham so we need to work out how we can overcome that and score some goals.

We'll then travel up there on Friday night, stay in a hotel and then head to the Britannia on Saturday, which is always a difficult place to go.

The supporters there are fantastic and will create a great atmosphere, while Stoke - like us - will be hoping to bounce back from defeat, so it should be a good game.

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