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Palace defender disappointed with Saints loss and targets three points at QPR

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ADRIAN Mariappa says he and is Crystal Palace players only have themselves to blame following the Boxing Day defeat to Southampton.

The defender, who returned to the starting XI with Damien Delaney in place of Martin Kelly and Brede Hangeland, formed the same backline which kept a number of clean sheets last season.

However, Southampton took their chances with aplomb when they came – and Mariappa says the focus has immediately turned to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

"It was very disappointing as it was a game we thought we could go and get three points out of," he told the Advertiser.

"To come away, with a poor performance, is disappointing. We now have a game in 48 hours and it's a case of putting this to bed and moving on.

"There were a few factors to our loss. The goals we conceded were poor. We had a lot of balls into their box but only had one goal to show for it.

"We'll look back at the game on video, but it's all about concentrating on QPR now.

"Whoever plays – we have a lot of good defenders at the club – we have depth, but conceding three goals isn't good enough from our point of view.

"They have a lot of good players but we're disappointed by the way we conceded. We have to look at ourselves for that.

"We have a chance to put it right now. Obviously, after a performance like that, we have to look at ourselves."

On a personal level, Mariappa was happy to feature again for the Eagles following an injury picked up at the start of November.

The former Watford and Reading man has targeted three points at Loftus Road, which will also be Mile Jedinak's final game before jetting off to the Asian Cup in Australia.

"When you're out injured, all you want to do is get back fit," said Mariappa.

"It was nice to be back involved in the team. There are plenty of games we need to go and get wins from now.

"QPR are a team that are in and around us. It will be a big game and a game we want three points from.

"Mile is our captain and will be a big loss but we have them for one more game to take of first."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Palace defender disappointed with Saints loss and targets three points at QPR


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