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Palace settle for point after throwing away two-goal lead

Crystal Palace were held 3-3 against Reading after initially racing into a 2-0 lead. Reading clawed back the two goal deficit only for the home side to regain the lead before the Royal's drew level again.

Despite this Palace boss Dougie Freedman was happy to come away with a point.

"In a strange way I'm not frustrated because a point is a real plus for us against a really good, high-energy team.

"What pleases me is even though we missed a penalty, then it goes back to 2-2, we are still fighting.

"A point will do. I felt we deserved a point because we showed great spirit, we've slugged it out with a great team and matched them, and if we'd kept that third goal out of our net would have been a great win.

"It's a point gained on the teams below us but I'm not looking back, I'm looking forward at the teams we can catch."

"We didn't get out of the blocks at all," admitted Royals boss Brian McDermott.

"But to come back from 2-0 down and again from 3-2 down, it is definitely a point gained.

"I thought we showed real desire to get back into the game. I'm sure it was a great game for the fans and the neutrals."

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