Keegan: We Deserved The Win

Last updated : 19 September 2004 By Sam
City picked up their first three points of the season on the road and the manager thought the side made hard work of leaving Selhurst Park with maximum points.

"I am pleased with the win and I think we deserved it. We certainly didn't make it easy for ourselves and squandered a number of chances to finish the game off," Keegan said after the game.

"I guess people will say that is Manchester City, that we like to keep people on tenterhooks and that our fans are never sure what we are going to do.

"But today we did most of the things that were required to win a football match against Crystal Palace.

"We matched their effort. We were resilient, we were determined and we were all together that is probably a lot of things people have accused us of not being.

"We were inventive too particularly in the second half when the game opened out. We forced them to come out and we got some great opportunities.

"How we didn't finish up with three, four or five goals from those opportunities and those good areas of possession I don't know."

"I suppose that is one of the very few downsides of a good days work by the team."

"I guess the critics will say that you should come to Crystal Palace and win but I reckon that is being flippant and unfair to Palace."