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Bromley Palace fans remain upbeat after FA cup disappointment

PUBLISHED: 11:36 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:36 23 May 2016

Palace fans packed out The Swan on High Street to watch the cup final on Saturday

Palace fans packed out The Swan on High Street to watch the cup final on Saturday

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The Eagles narrowly lost out on an historic cup win when Jesse Lingard scored an extra-time winner

Fans of Crystal Palace remain upbeat about the club’s prospects despite losing to Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Eagles put in a strong performance, scoring the first goal and gaining the edge over their rivals when United’s Chris Smalling was sent off for a second yellow card after an extra-time foul on Yannick Bolasie.

Fans’ hopes were soon shattered, though, when Jesse Lingard smashed home the winner for United with ten minutes left to play.

Lisa Powley, manager of The Swan on High Street, said: “My son said they were robbed. They scored the first goal and United went down to ten men, and Palace should have won it. The fans just feel so upset and saddened because they lost it in the last ten minutes. They would have preferred it to go to penalties.

“It was quite sad, but once people got over it they were still proud to be Palace fans.

“People are still hopeful about next season. They stayed up and the feeling I got from them is they think the team has got to that stage where they want to start winning trophies.

“They are comfortable with where they are in the league now, and they will start to think about winning trophies and getting into the top half of the table.”

Palace fans were hoping for an historic first FA Cup win after finishing 15th in the Premier League - and Mrs Powley added The Swan had one of its record days as cup fever gripped Bromley.

The club’s ground is in Croydon, but it has historical links to the borough - it was founded in Bromley and the players train in Beckenham.

“We had a fantastic day. There were over 250 people in the pub, and the atmosphere was unbelievable,” she said.

People started coming around two o’clock onwards and we were turning people away. We used every single glass in the pub, and there was not one bit of trouble.

“We had fans of other teams - Millwall, Chelsea, Arsenal - all supporting Palace.

“We had two Manchester United fans and when Palace scored, one of them ended up with a bag of Haribo on his head. But it was all banter.”

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