Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock hailed the club’s strength in depth despite their League Cup exit to Newcastle United.
Warnock made 11 changes to his side that won 3-2 at Everton in the Premier League on Sunday but saw his Palace players put in a battling performance at Selhurst Park.
Dwight Gayle gave Palace the lead and despite two Emmanuel Riviere strikes, debutant Sullay Kaikai came off the bench to force extra time with a late equaliser.
Mehdi Abeid was sent off in extra time but Newcastle defender Paul Dummett still managed to bag the winner as Palace went crashing out.
Warnock was proud of his players, though, as his entirely changed side fought valiantly.
“I thought it was a cracking game and it shows the state the club is in when I can make 11 changes and we put in a performance like that,” Warnock said.
“People thought I’d put out a weakened side, but they played with no fear and I was proud of them.
“There was no way I could play the players who played at Everton, not after all that hard work.
“Besides, it was a chance to have a look at some of the other players, and they gave a good account of themselves.
“Sullay [Kaikai] and Jake [Gray] deserved their chance are doing well in the Under-21s, and if the young players do well, they will get their chance.”
Premier League survival will once again be the aim for Palace, who sit 15th in the table after their surprise win at Everton.
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