Freedman happy with point

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Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman hailed his team's never-say-die attitude after Glenn Murray came off the bench to earn a 1-1 draw against Blackpool.

Alex Baptiste had opened the scoring for the visitors at Selhurst Park and they were cruising towards victory until Palace's second-half comeback was capped off with Murray coming off the bench to level.

"We asked for that from the lads at half-time and it was a much better second half," said Freedman. "You have to give credit to Blackpool in the first half but there is spirit in the dressing room plus a desire not to be beaten."

He added: "In the end I thought a draw was fair and it could have been 4-4.

"In any club, if you get that will to win and desire to get better than you won't come too far short. It's been disappointing in the last few years in terms of [going into] administration but we are moving forward."

At the final whistle, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was involved in a verbal clash with a Palace fan, who was upset with Baptiste's goal celebration.

Holloway, who suggested Baptiste was unlikely to be fined, said: "One bloke used foul language and was chucked out but I take responsibility for what he was talking about, which was Alex Baptiste's celebration.

"None of my players will ever celebrate in front of any fan other than our own ever again. I promise. I promise football that. Alex didn't mean that, he was gutted. He wouldn't celebrate that way but it might look that way.

"He's not that type of boy, he made a mistake and next time will run to our fans. But to be honest, it's difficult to see when you score."

On dropping two points, Holloway added: "We have exciting people going forward and need to get the balance right of when we keep the ball and when to go forward. I think we are a tighter defensive unit than last year, but there will be a mistake in the goal and someone's fingerprints are on it and I may have to change it."

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