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‘He showed confidence’ – Oliver Glasner praises Matheus Franca’s substitute role in Crystal Palace’s win over Burnley

Oliver Glasner praised the impact off the bench from Matheus Franca – but did not want to take any responsibility for the youngster’s role in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 win over Burnley.

The Brazilian was brought on in the 66th minute – with the game scoreless – along with Naouirou Ahamada, with Franca taking to the pitch in place of Odsonne Edouard.

Franca picked up his first assist for the Eagles since joining from Flamengo in the summer when he drilled the ball along the face of goal for Jordan Ayew to double Palace’s lead.

The 19-year-old then won the penalty for Jean-Philippe Mateta to wrap up the game when Burnley substitute Vitinho got his tackle all wrong and Franca went down inside the area.

Glasner told the press in the build-up to the game that Franca had made a good impression during his first week.

“He had a big impact,” said Glasner.

“He showed confidence and this is what I spoke with him about this week.

“He’s excellent in one-on-one situations but maybe he didn’t take those situations as often as he could.

“This is his quality – it’s nothing I have done with him.

“I can’t teach him one-on-ones in three days, but credit to him.

“He had the support from the whole team. If he had lost his duals, all the others would have fought back to get the ball back.

“This feeling and spirit I could feel today.”


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