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Jerome backs Eagles to come good once they gel
CRYSTAL Palace new boy Cameron Jerome believes the squad need time together as a group to gel but believes they have what it takes to survive this season.
Palace were comprehensively outplayed by Swansea City at Selhurst Park yesterday and already find themselves second from bottom of the Premier League after a comprehensive 2-0 defeat.
Jerome, on a season long loan from Stoke City, was making his home debut for the Eagles but his debut turned into a nightmare after just two minutes when Michu caught the home side’s defence napping to put the Swans in front.
Nathan Dyer repeated the trick early in the second half to cap a classy performance from the Welsh side and Jerome admitted Palace were beaten by the better side on the day.
He said: “Obviously it is disappointing to lose at home but Swansea are a very good footballing side and we have to give them credit.
“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit you got beaten by the better side and there’s no shame in that sometimes.
“I think the first goal surprised us a bit coming so early and we sat off of them a bit and showed them a little bit too much respect.
“They showed us how lethal they can be.
“We came out fired up and ready to have a go at them in the second half and we ended up conceding again within a minute.
“It knocked the confidence right out of us and we never recovered from that.”
The former Birmingham and Stoke City striker knows what it takes to stay in the Premier League and believes his new side have the right ingredients to survive this season.
But the 27-year-old has warned his Palace team-mates they must knit together as a group and eradicate the mistakes sooner rather than later.
Jerome explained: “We have to learn to cut out the silly errors because you will be punished at the top level - and this is the top level.
“We have so many new players that we have to find the right ingredients, build an understanding and get the right mix and we have to get this sooner rather than later.
“There are a lot of players here who are new to this league, so we need to learn quickly because you cannot afford to make mistakes like we did today.
“I’m sure we can do that going forward.”
He added: “We had four players making their full debuts against Swansea and we altered our formation slightly.
“I think that was a factor but I am not saying that is an excuse for the performance because in football there are no excuses, we have to be honest and admit that Swansea were the better side.
“The group needs time to knit together and gel.
“Once we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little better, and get to know how to get the person next to you going when things aren’t going well, then we will be much better off as I think we have the players here to hurt teams.
“We’ve got to make sure we train well this week to build a bit of confidence ahead of a tough trip to Southampton next week because you can’t dwell on things in this league as you will be chewed up and spat out.”
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