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Jerome Hails "Fantastic" Palace

29 March 2014

Cameron Jerome hailed a “fantastic” Palace performance as they recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

John Terry’s second half own goal proved the difference between the two sides at Selhurst Park as the Eagles moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Jerome, who put in a tireless performance as the lone striker, said: “It’s a great result for us. I thought the boys were fantastic today, throughout the team everyone did their job and worked really, really hard. 

“We created some really good chances in the second half and I think overall we deserved something from the game. Credit to us for taking the game to Chelsea in the second half. 

“We stuck to our gameplan and it worked. We frustrated them and they seemed to run out of ideas towards the end. We did well and luckily enough we managed to hold on get the three points.”

Palace had to ride their luck at times with Julian Speroni making two top-class saves to deny Chelsea an equaliser, but the Eagles had plenty of chances of their own with Jerome himself striking the post with a crisp left-footed drive.

“They had their chances, they had their moments as well,” Jerome said. 

“They were unlucky with one or two efforts, which didn’t quite fall to them, but we were the same. I had a chance when I hit the post, Jason Puncheon came close a couple of times and Joe Ledley had an effort.”

Jerome’s performance epitomised a brilliant workman-like display from the hosts, which the frontman believes is typical of Tony Pulis’ teams.

“The gaffer has set us up to play that way,” he added. “He likes hard workers and he lets you get on with it in the final third. The likes of Yannick Bolasie, who was tremendous again, Jason Puncheon as well – as long as you put the hard work in going back and defending then he doesn’t mind what you do going forward. 

“It requires a lot of hard work, a lot of team spirit and a lot of effort from the boys. You’ve got to work doubly hard to ensure that if someone gets beat, you’re there to cover them. 

“We worked just as hard as we have over the last couple of games but we just didn’t have the luck. That luck was there today.”

The on-loan Stoke City man is already looking ahead to next weekend’s game against Cardiff City, as Palace look to build on the confidence gained from their shock victory over Jose Mourinho’s title challengers.

Jerome said: “In respect of who it’s against, it’s a big win, but it means nothing if we go to Cardiff next week and get beat. 

“We can’t get carried away – we know we’ve got seven games to go and we’ve got to make sure we put in the same level of performance for the rest of the season and pick up enough points to stay in the Premier League.”

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