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  • by Yann Tear

Vieira happy with Eagles' baby steps as they bag first point - Frank feels Brentford missed out

New boss Patrick Vieira declared himself satisfied after the Eagles' vastly-improved performance gave him his side their first point of the campaign.

Crystal Palace lacked punch for the most part in Saturday's 0-0 draw with newly-promoted Brentford but looked far better than last week when they lost 3-0 to Chelsea on the opening day.

"I didn't have any doubt about the way we were going to play - to improve and do better than we did against Chelsea," said the former Arsenal star, who took over from Roy Hodgson in the summer.

"I'm very pleased with the attitude the players show every day in training and today was a positive performance.

"Of course there's frustration because you want to win the game, you want to score goals, but I think we played in a way that showed we wanted to go forward and wanted to score those goals. We didn't find a way but it will be important to build on that performance."

Vieira was particularly pleased with the example set by on-loan Conor Gallagher, who tempo and verve offered much hope for the season ahead.

"Conor, his energy, the runs that he's making, the pressure that he's putting on the opposition team is fantastic," the Eagles' manager said.

"We needed that kind of energy. Now it's important to build up from that and try to improve our decision-making in the last 30 yards and to get more bodies inside the box to have more chance of scoring goals.

"The atmosphere was all that I was expecting. I heard a lot about the fans here and I think they are the ones making this football club.

"We are disappointed because we wanted to give them those three points today because they were fantastic - the way they supported us even when we were going through a difficult period. They were behind the team and I think that is very good for the rest of the season."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank admitted he was left a little deflated, even if the point meant another clean sheet and a continued unbeaten start to life in the Premier League.

"I have I feeling from this game that I want more," her said. "I think we were slightly edging towards being the better side. I thought we pressed fantastically and we only gave one big chance away. But we lacked the final quality on the ball.

"We won the ball a lot of times in good areas where we didn't have the quality to put a good counter-attack chance together and lacked some composure second half.

"In the first half, we were on top, which pleased me in many ways, but again we need a little more coolness and composure.

I think it's positive that we still think we have an extra level to take from this game.

"It's four points from six but I always want maximum. Honestly I think the win was there to take. It's good another clean sheet, of course, but right now I'm slightly disappointed we didn't get the win."

1 Comment

Mark Frances
Aug 21, 2021

I too like what Vieira has done. Yet, their attack is anemic. Injuries to Eze and Olise have stalled their growth. So far, Zaha is toothless.


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