Holloway: Swans were simply too good for us
IAN Holloway admitted Crystal Palace were dismantled on their own patch yesterday, declaring: "Swansea City were embarrassingly good."
Goals from Michu and Nathan Dyer gave Swansea their third successive victory as Michael Laudrup's men swept the Eagles aside.
And a frustrated Holloway conceded that his Premier League new boys had been taught a lesson.
"I felt at fault, not being there with my team on the touchline, but we got things so wrong," said the Palace boss, who was banned from the dugout because of comments he made after the opening-day defeat by Spurs.
"I don't want to take things away from Swansea because they were embarrassingly good.
"We want to aspire to be like them. But I don't think I like them any more after that!
"You know when you play Swansea they are going to have the ball twice as much as you are, but you have to deal with that better."
Palace had to rip up their game-plan when Michu put Swansea in front after just 80 seconds.
And Holloway blamed his side for the goal which set Michael Laudrup's men on the path to victory.
"It was probably the worst goal I've ever seen," added the former Blackpool manager.
"We tried to press them in midfield but they got it through, then our backline dropped off. What were we doing?
"When I show the players this game again, it will be a lesson.
"We looked like a poor copy of Swansea rather than doing what we do and imposing our game on them.
"And we have got to learn fast, because already we have played five league games.
"Swansea can make five changes after playing like they did and it still worked like clockwork. I sound like a Swansea lover and I'm not, but credit to them.
"They have changed managers and still built a philosophy — I'm just starting but we have to learn and pin it all together fast."
There were three full debutants in the Palace XI yesterday, and Holloway berated himself for picking too many of his new signings.
He also felt Palace suffered because he was in the stands rather than the dugout.
"This is as bad as I ever want to feel," Holloway said.
"I didn't enjoy a minute of that game — I felt out of it up in the stand and alone.
"I needed to be there with my team. The players would have felt a bit more confident if I had been there, so I blame myself for losing my temper against Spurs."