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Crystal Palace keeper Butland upbeat after losing debut

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland was delighted with his debut, despite their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.

Butland moved to Palace in October from Stoke City.

Reflecting on the game as a whole, he told Palace TV: "I think second-half we improved. I think for what we did do, it didn't feel like we created much, which was a shame, but we were up against a good side and I just don't think we found that spark.

"[We are] frustrated and, for me on a debut I've been looking forward to for a long time and hoping for a positive result, it's bittersweet; nice to make my debut but also very frustrating to be out of the cup."

Butland then drilled into his own performance in greater detail, saying: "I'm in a really good place, looking for a change and a new start and I feel that, with the group we've got here, I've really felt that I'm back to my best [and] capable of showing my best.

"I was always looking forward to the opportunity to showcase myself a bit and hopefully I've done that tonight. It's a difficult game, a game of few chances, and I was a little bit disappointed with the goal – I was unsighted.

"I'll look at it – I'm my biggest critic and I'll always strive for the best. But I'm pleased with my overall performance and just disappointed we're out."

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