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Kemp On Chelsea Triumph

29 March 2014

Palace’s technical coach David Kemp said the Eagles coaching staff were very pleased after seeing their team defeat Chelsea 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

Kemp was delighted with the way the Palace players carried out their gameplan against the title challengers, with John Terry’s own goal proving the only strike in an entertaining match.

“Any game we play, we have to try and stop the opposition as best we can,” Kemp said. “We had to stop their strengths, our players had to be prepared to run beyond their back four and run at them to stretch the game when it was our turn to attack and I thought we did that very well.

“Obviously the finishing didn’t match some of the rest of the play – that’s been our problem for a while – but fortunately today one goal was enough and we are very pleased with it.

“We are very pleased with our performance all round but if we could stick the ball in the back of the net to go with that, it could have been a bit more comfortable.

“But it’s a big win for the players, for the club. We’ve got nine wins now, which is incredible for a promoted team out of the play-offs, but it gives the players that little bit more confidence and belief to go on.” 

Cameron Jerome operated as the lone striker and was unlucky not to cap a sublime performance with a goal, when he struck Petr Cech’s upright during the second half. 

And Kemp, who previously worked with Jerome at Stoke City, is keen to ensure he maintains that form for the remainder of the season.

He said: “We’ve had Cammy before at Stoke and we know what he’s capable of. That was a performance today where he showed all that potential. 

“He put in a wonderful performance and hopefully we can keep him going in that vein next week.”

Kemp also reserved words of praise for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for the way he reacted to Saturday afternoon’s defeat.

“To be fair, he was brilliant,” Kemp said. “He came in and congratulated our players so I thought that was very classy. 

“Our players put in a magnificent effort today. They have been rightly rewarded and for him to come in and do that and recognise their effort was very good.”  

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