Freedman praises Williams

Palace boss happy with Carling Cup victory over Wigan

Last Updated: 13/09/11 11:20pm

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Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman was delighted with his players' performance against Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and reserved special praise for teenager Jonathan Williams.

The Eagles defeated the Premier League side 2-1 at Selhurst Park to reach the third round of the competition.

Freedman was delighted with the way his team played against Wigan and underlined the potential of 17-year-old Williams, who scored the second goal for Palace on the half-hour mark.

"I'm very pleased with the performance of the lads," enthused Freedman. "I mixed the team up with some young lads and some experience and to beat a Premier League side of the quality of Wigan is very pleasing.

"We put a lot of work in and got the rewards at the end. Jon and Stuart O'Keefe came into the team and they were fantastic.

Good prospect

"I can remember Ben Watson, at 17, playing in the first team here, and the progression he's made I am looking forward to seeing players like Jon doing the same, up to the Premier League - hopefully with us.

"I'm not surprised by him at all. I've seen him training with the first team, and he's a very good prospect for us. I hope the fans enjoy these young players.

"If I didn't think they were ready I wouldn't play them. It's good for the club. Physically he's got a long way to go, but he's got a football brain."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez admitted that the Latics were beaten by the better team and remarked: "We wanted to win but I have got no complaints whatsoever because we lost in the right way.

"So it's congratulations to Crystal Palace."

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