TOM Ince has insisted he was right to say Swansea City couldn’t handle Crystal Palace.
Ince angered Swansea supporters in the build-up to yesterday’s match at the Liberty by claiming Garry Monk’s team would not be able to cope with Palace’s forward line.
As a result, he was booed throughout the first half before being replaced at half-time.
In his absence, Palace battled back as Glenn Murray’s penalty cancelled out Jonathan de Guzman’s first-half goal.
Ince said: “I don’t understand it. The whole comment was ‘we’re Crystal Palace, we’re not going to come here, sit back and allow Swansea to beat us’. We’re in exactly the same situation as them, we’ve got quality players ourselves.
“I said Swansea couldn’t handle us and, at the end of the day, in the second half they couldn’t. If there was another five minutes to play we could have won the game.
When Glenn Murray and Cameron Jerome came on they couldn’t handle us.
“I could have said Swansea are a fantastic team who play fantastic football, but we weren’t coming here to sit back on our laurels. We came here trying to win the game and we showed that in the second half.”
Ince turned down Swansea, among other clubs, to sign for Palace on loan in January.
“I’m not the only person in football to receive a reception like that,” added Ince. “It happens every week. You’ve got to take it on the chin and as a footballer all you can do is concentrate on the game.”