Midfielder wants Palace to make away displays count
WELSH international midfielder Jonny Williams was left frustrated after the Eagles failed to capitalise on another strong performance away from home.
Crystal Palace went down 2-0 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday but only after Jason Puncheon missed a seventh minute penalty during a first half dominated by the visitors.
Second half substitute Williams was in the squad for the recent defeat against Chelsea and came on during the 1-0 loss at Manchester City on December 28.
Against Spurs he replaced Yannick Bolasie after 69 minutes during a second period in which the home side reasserted control of the game and kept the ball much better after a poor first half showing.
The 20-year-old said: “It’s another one where I think the lads have done very well and come away with no points.
“It’s getting frustrating but the positives are there because we are going away from home and creating chances against top teams where no one expects us to win.
“In the first half the lads were fantastic and we’ve got a penalty to go to 1-0 and it’s just a shame because Jason’s done really well the last couple of games.”
Williams added: “It was just a matter of them getting the first goal and then they got a bit more confident and were able to pass the ball around like Man City did to us a couple of weeks ago.
“Even then we still had chances from crosses and corners and a few headers just went wide and I think their goalie did very well as well.
“At 1-0 it’s alright but 2-0 it sets us back even further.
“I think we are proud of our performance to come here and battle but it’s just a shame we aren’t picking up points.”
Williams backed Puncheon after his glaring miss which would have given Palace fair reward for their first half dominance. He said: “It was one of those ones where I don’t think I’d step up as one of the younger players.
“But Jason tucked one away against Norwich really well, so fair play to him having the guts to take it.
“I saw when the penalty was given he was the first one to the ball and he ran straight to get it so that’s fair enough.
“That’s football – people miss penalties.”
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