Moxey should have let Henderson score, insists Palace boss

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DOUGIE Freedman was convinced that Crystal Palace would have beaten Millwall had defender Dean Moxey not been sent-off.

With the Eagles leading 2-0, Moxey was shown a straight red card for blocking Darius Henderson's goal-bound header underneath his own crossbar in the 42nd minute of Saturday's match.

Liam Trotter then scored from the penalty spot to halve Palace's advantage before Mark Beevers bundled in a late corner to equalise for the Lions in the second-half.

"Only Dean can tell you what he was thinking at the time, but it looked instinctive," Freedman said.

"I'm sure if he had his time over again, he'd let the ball go in the net and with 11 men we would go on and win the game.

"These are the challenges that are put against you. I felt we stood up to it and this is another derby we're unbeaten in. We refused to beaten, it was as simple as that.

"We didn't have much sympathy for Dean at half-time because we had to regroup and be mentally strong. After the game we made sure he was okay.

"Physically I felt we had no problems being a man down. I didn't think Millwall opened us up at all.

"They created a lot of opportunities from long balls but I was disappointed to concede from a corner. That's the most disappointing thing, that it wasn't from open play."



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