Glenn Murray hopes Crystal Palace can build on last weekend’s shock victory over Chelsea when they visit relegation rivals Cardiff City on Saturday.
The 30-year-old striker watched much of the 1-0 triumph over Jose Mourinho’s Blues from the bench, but believes his side were well worth their win.
“We felt it was a deserved victory,” Murray said. “We’d worked on our tactics all week and that paid off on Saturday because we got a much-needed three points. It was a huge boost for us.
“As soon as we got back in on Monday though we were back down to earth and focusing on our next game, which is another big one against Cardiff.”
Last season’s 31-goal top scorer, who netted a hat-trick against Cardiff in a 3-2 triumph in September 2012, knows another victory against the Bluebirds would be a huge result in Palace’s season – but claims there would still be work to do to avoid the drop whether the Eagles win or not.
“I don’t know about putting us safe, but it would certainly go a long way towards helping and winning the game is the aim when we go down there,” Murray said.
“After beating Chelsea, if we can replicate that this weekend then it would be huge for the club.
“You don’t want to go there and lose – you want to keep that distance between us. But if we can add to that and increase that gap, then that would be brilliant for us.”
Murray reserved special praise for Palace manager Tony Pulis, who has given the club a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League since taking over in November last year.
“The main thing the gaffer’s brought, along with his Premier League know-how, is a real organisation to the squad,” the frontman added.
“Everyone knows their jobs, especially from set pieces and situations like that, which has paid off well for us.
“He’s been there and done it before, he knows the Premier League and he knows you can’t get caught up with one result. This season has shown that you can pull away from it one week and then you’re pulled back into it the week after.
“He’s brought a real togetherness and I think we need that to stay up. Obviously individuals aren’t going to keep us up but the team will.”