Team spirit won the day for Blues

RICHARD Naylor, who took his goal tally to five last night said: "The spirit in the camp couldn't be higher."Naylor, the longest serving player at the club who was put to centre-half last season soon after Joe Royle took over as manager, went on: "You couldn't get a more exciting game than that and I'm just pleased to have played my part.

By Dave Allard

RICHARD Naylor, who took his goal tally to five last night said: "The spirit in the camp couldn't be higher."

Naylor, the longest serving player at the club who was put to centre-half last season soon after Joe Royle took over as manager, went on: "You couldn't get a more exciting game than that and I'm just pleased to have played my part.

"Jim Magilton seems to be looking out for me at corners and set pieces now. It's all going so well for us. They tell me we're fifth in the table now and we can go higher and higher."

Naylor added: "I'm enjoying every game and so are the rest of the team. We can take nothing for granted and we know that there is a tough match again at Preston on Saturday."

GEORGE SANTOS paid tribute to his central defensive partner Naylor when he said: "The manager has given Richard so much confidence.

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Bamm Bamm (Naylor's nickname) is a brilliant guy to play with. He deserved his goals and I think we deserved our win, but we were so

sloppy at the start as we gave the ball away.

"But then we started to play our football and the results were there for all to see.

"Perhaps a bit of luck is with us now, where as we didn't have it earlier on in the season. We're working as a team and even when we were 2-0 down, we had the confidence to keep knocking the ball around and believing in ourselves."

MATT RICHARDS, who scored his first senior goal in last Saturday's 1-0 home win over Stoke, formed a useful combination down the left with

fellow teenager Ian Westlake, particularly in the second half.

Richards said: "That was an incredible game to play in and it went better down the left hand side after the break.

"Ian and I did not see so much of the ball first half but it got better. Everyone was so disappointed when Tommy Miller gave away the penalty that saw them make it 3-3."

Palace's defender CURTIS FLEMING said: "I really felt that it was going to be our night after the way we took the game to Ipswich early on.

"But you can see that they are a team brimful of confidence by the way they did not let the bad start bother them too much. They kept passing in neat little triangles and at the end of the day, the points were all theirs."

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