Is Palace’s Cameron Jerome hiding frustration with Ian Holloway?

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After the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, the striker said the team were ‘naive’ but was he really voicing his anger at the manager's tactics?

"We came with a gameplan to have a go at them but sometimes in the first half we were a little bit naive,” the on-loan Stoke City striker told the South London Press.

"We tried to go toe-to-toe with them and that was the undoing of us. We came with a gameplan to cause them problems - we felt that we did - but we conceded a couple of goals we could have done a little bit better on.”

His current boss, Holloway, is well known for his attacking style of play but after his only other season in the Premier League with Blackpool ending in relegation, it’s fair to say that he can be criticised for being too open and expansive, especially away from Selhurst Park.

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Three points from their opening seven games is not the form that will see them stay in the division and it felt as though Jerome was making a relatively subtle point that they need to be more solid to pick up results.

Holloway did change things at half-time - bringing on Jose Campana and Dwight Gayle for Jerome and Jimmy Kebe - tightening their style up in the process but despite a much improved second-half (a 1-0 win if it was just a 45-minute game) the damage had already been done.

In a pre-match interview and after the teams had been announced, Holloway stated that it “definitely wasn’t going to be a 0-0 draw”. He was right. But in the Premier League, the financial rewards from staying in it by getting results and putting points on the board are a lot more meaningful than exciting football.

If results continue to go the way they have so far, then it wouldn’t be a naive decision for Palace chairman Steve Parish to bring in a manager with a record of providing league survival.

Palace fans, are you unhappy and frustrated with the manager’s tactics? Do you think a new man is needed for you to stay in the league? Let us know.

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