Adrian Mariappa says Palace teammate Hangeland has team backing after costly error

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Brede Hangeland was at fault for Leicester City’s winner on Saturday.

Crystal Palace player Adrian Mariappa says teammate Brede Hangeland has the backing of the dressing-room following his error against Leicester City, the Croydon Advertiser reports.

Hangeland has been a rock this season, however it was his lapse in concentration and poor pass which allowed Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy to nip in and score the winner against Palace on Saturday.

Speaking on the ordeal ahead of his side’s League Cup encounter with Manchester City, Mariappa says nobody blames the former Fulham man and the team are intent on moving forward.

“Brede is a terrific passer and there's always a build-up to any mistake,” Mariappa explained to the Croydon Advertiser.

“No-one in the dressing room put blame on him or anyone else, we all win as a team and lose as a team. We take it on the chin and move forward.”

Superb performances

While Hangeland will not be too proud of his mistake at the King Power stadium, he has plenty of reason to be content with his performances for the Eagles this season.

Alan Pardew’s men have improved further from last season and have the makings of a very good side.

Palace are excellent going forward with players such as Yannick Bolasie, Bakary Sako and Wilfried Zaha a real threat, yet they’ve been just as impressive as a defensive unit.

Hangeland has helped his side claim impressive away wins over the likes of Chelsea and Watford, while their record of 11 goals conceded in ten games is among the very best in the Premier League.

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