Conor Gallagher reveals dressing room mood after late Leeds penalty downs Crystal Palace

Conor Gallagher says his Crystal Palace side didn’t deserve to lose to Leeds United on Tuesday night and admitted that conceding in the final moments was a brutal way to finish the match.

The England international was one of Palace’s best players at Elland Road but couldn’t inspire his side to victory as they failed to convert several chances in front of goal during the 90 minutes.

Christian Benteke was guilty of missing a golden chance to put the Eagles ahead with a free header at the back post during the second half which ultimately proved costly as Leeds snatched all three points with a late penalty.

The defeat – Palace’s second in a row after losing at home to Aston Villa on Saturday – leaves them 12th in the Premier League table with 16 points from 14 matches.

“We’re very disappointed to lose the game, especially conceding right at the end,” Gallagher told the BBC.

“I didn’t feel like we deserved it. We have played a lot better than that but we are gutted. We have to take it on the chin and bounce back.

“We had chances to win the game, we want to be winning these games but they made it hard for us, pressed well. On another day we could have come out with the win.”

Palace now have to brush themselves down and focus on a third game in eight days, with their trip to Manchester United on Sunday leaving them with little time to dwell on defeat.

Gallagher will have to play a key role if his side wants to get a result out of the game at Old Trafford, with the 21-year-old having contributed to more goals than any of his teammates in the league so far this season (four goals, three assists).

“We are making good progress and working hard to improve,” he added.

“Not every game is going to go well, we need to keep our heads down and keep working hard. I am really enjoying playing under Patrick and for Crystal Palace and hopefully I can improve and the team can improve.”

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