Going a goal down after just 11 minutes, Hill should be commended for switching his side around quickly rather than wait for the half-time break, which could have been too late to save the game. Hill brought Chris Dagnall off just 17 minutes into the evening and, suddenly, the Reds looked a lot stronger, with Matt Done bolstering the midfield.
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We created the better chances during the end of the first half and Marlon Harewood really should have done better with a decent opportunity, while Done tested Palace keeper, Julian Speroni, to his limit.
Palace may have been without a manager on Tuesday night but we should not understate just how good a point is against this playoff-chasing side. Unbeaten in eight heading into the tie, Palace looked keen to show their caretaker boss just what they can do but Hill’s quick tactical change stifled their progress.
Indeed, it was just reward that David Perkins squeezed in his shot just four minutes from time. Palace had defended well and it was clear a set piece was the only way we were going to break through that resilient side, as Hill admitted to BBC Sport afterwards:
“I’m slightly frustrated. We once again help the opposition’s tactics. They defend excellently and exploit the counter-attack but it was helped by our inadequacies. It took a marvellous piece of ability from David Perkins, because I couldn’t see us breaking down the block.”
1-1 is a decent result and the manner of our late equaliser should give fans who bet football home and away confidence heading into the Forest clash at the weekend. Hill will be hoping for more attacking flair but should be pleased with a point from Tuesday’s game