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Crystal Palace boss: I was ribbing midfielder about not scoring

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EAGLES boss Neil Warnock praised James McArthur's performance in Palace's 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday.

The midfielder scored his first Palace goal after heading home from Yannick Bolasie's cross after just 11 minutes.

Warnock said: "The lads have really given me everything, I can't complain at all.

"I thought we slightly shaded; I'm disappointed not to get three points.

"Another great save from McArthur [shot], he's seen it very late and it was nice to get McArthur on the score sheet.

"We've got to get him and [Joe] Ledley scoring more goals with Yannick and Wilf [Zaha] or Jason [Puncheon] that create things, so we've got to get more goals from other areas."

Asked whether that was the Scottish international's best performance in a Palace shirt, Warnock struggled to single out one performance other another in a string of recent games.

"I think he's had six or seven if I'm honest like that," said Warnock.

"At Everton he was fantastic. I just feel that he compliments the set up and it gives Yannick a little more freedom and Wilfried because he does get into the box at the same time as defend so it was really pleasing.

"I've been ribbing him this week about not scoring. I asked him if he'd scored this year and he said "Yeah, once at Wigan," so he's been due one and it was good to see that. It won't do him any harm."

On reflection, Warnock realises that had Palace taken more of the chances they created in recent games, they could have picked up more points.

He said: "I think that's five games really where we could have and should have won every game really so we've just got to convert more of our chances and opportunities really.

"I always feel we have good balance, we've got decent creativity and we're just not taking our opportunities.

"We're coming across some good goalkeepers as well at the moment so no complaints with the lads at all."

By Dan Gibbs 

Crystal Palace boss: I was ribbing midfielder about not scoring


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