Roy Hodgson thanked his goalkeeper for keeping Crystal Palace’s clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.

Vicente Guaita made a fine save at point blank range to deny the visitors an unlikely three points after Mamadou Sakho gifted Kadeem Harris a golden opportunity.

Standing tall the Spaniard saved the home side’s blushes as they failed to capitalise on their dominance.

"We have to thank our goalkeeper for keeping a clean sheet,” said Hodgson.

“All the time it's 0-0 you're never safe and a long punt down the field, a mistake from Mamadou [Sakho] trying to cushion the ball to Tomkins gives them a clear cut goal chance."

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“We have to bite the bullet, we would have liked to have won this game adding to the three points we got at Manchester City, but there's always a team as equally determined as you are to get a good result from the game and that what we found here today with Cardiff, they came here with a good defensive setup, a good plan and were determined to make sure they didn't lose the game as we were determined to win it.”

Palace had over 60% possession and 31 shots on goal. With only five efforts on target, Hodgson’s men were guilty of squandering a host of opportunities.

The manager however, said that taking a point out of the game was vital, something they failed to do in the early part of the season.

“It's happened to us a couple of times this season. Southampton and Wolves in particular, they weren't great performances, Wolves was probably as dominant as this one was and we lost it 1-0.

He also outlined the key to their recent revival is their back-line, and that it’s of paramount importance to maintain the standard in attempt to continue to climb the table. Palace have jumped from the 17th to 14th in the last week.

“We keep clean sheets and we’ve conceded a lot less than many other teams in the bottom of the table, so we have to make sure we keep that going because it's something which is a foundation if you like of a rock of which you can build if you know 'well ok we might not always win and sometimes we might deserve to win but we don't but at least on those occasions we don't get beat and that's important'.”

Palace next host Chelsea on the December 30th.