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Holloway suffers bad bout of referee rage

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IAN HOLLOWAY was left distinctly unimpressed with referee Dean Whitestone after last Saturday's 2-2 draw against Leeds United at Selhurst Park.

Luke Varney was booked for diving, but before that the striker had been guilty of a late challenge on Palace youngster Jonny Williams, and the Eagles boss felt he should have seen red.

And shortly afterwards, Wilfried Zaha was brought down when it looked like he was through on goal. Holloway was subsequently charged by the FA for misconduct, while Zaha faces an FA rap for an alleged gesture to the visiting supporters.

"I felt some of the decisions had a huge bearing on the game," he said.

"I thought I saw Luke Varney foul Jonny Williams from behind, a blatant yellow card. Two minutes later, Varney dived and got given a yellow card, and he should have been off.

"Then Wilfried Zaha goes straight through and gets scythed down and Stephen Warnock gets a yellow. If that's not a goalscoring opportunity I don't know what the rules are.

"I'm pretty bemused wondering how we were behind in the game.

"I'm delighted we came back but I was a little bit aggrieved – we missed too many chances."

The Eagles enjoyed a lot of possession, but they nearly went away without even a point after Steve Morison had stunned the home faithful with two goals in quick succession following Glenn Murray's first half opener.

But the striker grabbed his 30th goal of the season to rescue a point with a low finish in front of the Holmesdale Stand.

"When we were 2-1 down, the team was fantastic and I was disgusted with the goals we conceded," Holloway said.

"But it happens at this time of year and you lose concentration."

Both teams had chances early doors on Saturday, but Palace took a deserved lead on 27 minutes later when Jonny Williams delivered a wonderful ball to the back post for Murray to head home unmarked.

Williams did not even have to look up to notice Murray's positioning for the opener and said he felt the Eagles edged the contest despite Morison's double.

"I was delighted that we got the goal to go 1-0 up, which is vital in a game like that," Williams said.

"It has been a while since I assisted Glenn – hopefully a goal for myself will be coming along soon. Leeds made it tough for us – they're a very physical team but I think we played pretty well.

"Either team could have got the three points but maybe we deserved it with all the shots and domination we had."

And it could have been two when brilliant play from Zaha saw the winger play the ball into Jonathan Parr down the left, who beat his man, burst into the box and forced Kenny into a good stop at his near post.

Palace came out brightly at the start of the second half, a period that saw Varney take an embarrassing dive in the hosts' box, something he was rightfully booked for. However, he had a big say in the next moment of the match when Leeds grabbed an equaliser against the run of play.

The former Charlton man skipped down the left and centred a low ball into Morison, who fired home from just inside the box.

Leeds completed their turnaround when they grabbed their second of the afternoon.

A long ball forward from Kenny ran straight through to Morison, who volleyed on the run past Speroni to stun the home faithful.

Palace had no option but to change formation so Holloway threw Kevin Phillips on in a bid to salvage at least a point.

Dobbie shot over from the edge of the box before Palace grabbed an equaliser through that man again, Glenn Murray.

A ball into the far post from Delaney was hit first time by the striker for his 30th goal of the season in all competitions.

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