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Federico Fernandez says it's no excuse now Palace & Leicester are next

“I think we played very well in the first half, and we deserved more from the first half. We pushed high, we tried to press and we had our chances. When you don’t score it’s difficult. We started the second half a little bit deep and after the really good free kick, they started to feel more comfortable with the ball. We were disappointed because we approached the game very well, against a really good team. They scored the second goal, and after that it was very difficult to come back into the game, even though we scored once later on. I think we did everything in that first half to score a goal, but we didn’t, and that’s maybe the difference. We need to keep working, defensively especially, and to create chances, score goals and win games now. Overall, the commitment and the effort from everyone has been really good, but we need to keep going.

"We know it’s very important. We have a couple of games against teams who are maybe middle of the table now. It’s no excuse, but in these five games we knew it would be very difficult, against top teams. But we’ve approached them well, we’ve played like a team, but we didn’t take anything. Now we need to start taking points, because that’s what we need. We need to analyse the good things and prepare for Crystal Palace away. We can go there and win the game, so we need to be ready, be focussed and positive."

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