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Holloway: We need to strengthen
Ian Holloway feels he urgently needs to replace last season's two stars in the coming days after Crystal Palace's 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Sky Bet League One side Bristol City.
The former Bristol Rovers boss made 11 changes to the side beaten 2-1 at Stoke on Saturday and his youngsters fell behind to a fantastic solo goal from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas just before the hour-mark.
Scott Wagstaff's half-volley put the Robins in the hat for the third round before Owen Garvan netted a stylish consolation in added time with a thumping finish.
And with Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Yannick Bolasie sidelined and Wilfried Zaha having moved to Manchester United, Holloway will continue to search for the strikers and wingers he believes the Eagles require if they are going to have a shot at top flight survival.
He said: "It is obvious isn't it? We need some widemen and we need to address the goals and that is what we'll be doing.
"The main thing for me is that we've lost two of our main players who were really important for us last year in Glenn Murray with his injury and Wilf. (Zaha)
"And you add the new lad I bought in Jerome Thomas and Yannick Bolasie to that and we aren't quite the same. It makes a huge difference.
"It certainly will be a busy rest of the week. I don't know where it will go and who we will end up but we will get some - you can see we need them.
"I can't tell you how many, it will be quiet a few. I've got loads of plates spinning but it is so hard to get deals over the line these days, even in the Premier League. The closer it gets to that window the prices go up.
"I'll try and do what I can and the chairman is helping me as much as he can. Hopefully at the end of it all we'll have some sort of resemblance of a squad that can galvanise and do a little bit better."
Garvan's stunning consolation came too late to cause any real worry amongst the Ashton Gate faithful but Holloway had few complaints about the performance his much-changed side put in.
"I can't be too critical," he said. "What I've got to do is stay calm and encourage my lads. I saw a lot out there that I was pleased with.
"No one's heads drops, no one made any mistakes, they just scored two very good goals. Ours wasn't bad either but it came a bit late.
"Some of my young lads did very well and got a bit of experience coming to a place like this."
For Sean O'Driscoll's young Bristol City it was just their second win in 14 games and their first on home soil this season.
And the Robins head coach had plenty to be encouraged by in a fine display but admits the intensity of their start to the campaign is really stretching his squad.
"It was a night of positives, we've saved our best performances for this cup," he said. "Gillingham away was probably our most fluid performance and this was on a par with that.
"You want your cup form to have an influence in terms of confidence.
"We don't want the cup form to hinder the league form and we've lost two players, 19 and 20, through fatigue tonight as they aren't used to playing Saturday and then Tuesday in games of this intensity.
"We are skating on thin ice with the squad I think. They changed all 11 players, we are not able to do that.
"The depth of the squad needs to be addressed because we are worried the team that goes out at Gillingham on Saturday will be less balanced than we were here."