Joe Ledley admitted that conceding an early goal against Manchester City proved to be a killer blow in Palace’s hopes of upsetting the title challengers.
The Eagles went into Sunday’s game looking to extend their record-equalling winning run to six games, but fell behind after just four minutes to an Edin Dzeko header.
City midfielder added a second before the break to put Manuel Pellegrini’s side in control as they ran out eventual 2-0 victors at Selhurst Park.
Ledley though was pleased with the fight that Palace showed in their bid to get back into the game.
He said: “We didn’t get off to a good start, especially in the first half, so it killed our chances going down 2-0, but after that we got our way back into the game and had a couple of chances.
“But they’re a fantastic team and that’s why they are at the top. It is a killer blow when you concede a goal like that, especially against a good team like Man City.
“It’s always difficult to come back and it proved that on Sunday.
“We were on a fantastic run and we wanted to continue that, but we just need to keep going now until the end of season.”
Manchester City’s victory saw them apply the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool, who are the next visitors to Selhurst Park on Monday night – and Ledley is already looking forward to that contest under the lights in SE25.
“It’s another fantastic game to play in and it’s going to be a sell-out, so we look forward to that.
“It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere from both sets of fans, so there’s going to be a lot of pressure on them and on us as well. Hopefully we can just continue and get a win.”