Palace manager Tony Pulis was in pragmatic mood after watching his side fall to a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.
Goals from Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure put the Citizens back in pole position in the title race, with their destiny now in their own hands if they win their remaining three games.
Eagles boss Pulis was particularly impressed with Ivorian midfielder Toure, who set up Dzeko’s third minute opener before scoring a stunning goal just before half time to give the Citizens a comfortable advantage at the break.
“For us to win the game today, every player had to be at their best and you’re hoping to catch Manchester City not at their best,” Pulis said.
“You have to realise that playing against some teams it’s not a level playing field. You have a look at the players they’ve got – Toure being fit was a real big disappointment for me because I think he’s a wonderful player and he can do things that can cause havoc.
“He showed glimpses today and when you think he’s been out for three weeks and he’s come in and done that, it’s absolutely wonderful.
“Half the Palace players, they’d have to be honest and say that they never played at their maximum today.”
However, Pulis was keen for his players to take the result on the chin and looked back with pride at the job his squad has done this season.
Despite the defeat, Palace remain 11th in the Barclays Premier League with just two games to go – and they could still finish in the top half of the table.
Pulis said: “What the club has achieved this year, what the players have done for this football club and what the supporters – who were, again, absolutely wonderful – what they’ve done together as a group has been absolutely amazing.
“Let’s be fair Man City is a club that’s the most expensive team in sport in the world. For them to come here and win 2-0 today you have to take it on the chin and get on with it. But, the players shouldn’t worry about that too much.
“There’s another game against a fantastic football club in eight days’ time. A night game and it will be a great atmosphere here and I just hope the players are on it and we give a real good show, put a real good show on.”