Palace midfielder Joe Ledley was proud of the team performance the Eagles put in on Saturday to produce a stunning 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.
Tony Pulis’ men defied the odds to record a well-deserved win over their London rivals and open up a five-point lead over the Premier League’s bottom three.
Ledley, who was playing in his first ever London derby, said: “It’s a fantastic result. We’d worked hard all week in training and we knew we wouldn’t have too much of the ball playing against a team like Chelsea because they have fantastic players.
“We defended well as a team but also counter-attacked well with the strikers and wingers. We had a couple of chances to kill the game off, but the overall performance we are very happy with.”
It initially looked as though Ledley was the man who had headed Palace into their 52nd minute lead, but replays showed it was Chelsea captain John Terry who got the final touch.
And although Ledley did not try to claim the decisive goal of the game, the midfielder was pleased to find himself in the advanced position to force the mistake from Terry.
“It’s an own goal, it came off of him last, but it’s just good to get in the box and try and get goals – that’s my game,” Ledley said.
“The manager’s given me license to get forward, but it was a team effort today and we defended brilliantly.
“We’re obviously still down there, there’s still a lot of games to go so we can’t get carried away. We’ve got to keep going and take it game by game.
“We know it’s going to be very difficult and we’ve got a massive game against Cardiff at the weekend. That’s going to be a hard game, but it’s about time we had a bit of luck.
“We were unfortunate against Newcastle and we should have got a point there, so this is a big three points for us and a massive lift.
“The players have been brilliant, we are all dedicated, we come into training and work our socks off. We run twice as much as other teams and we work for each other.
“It was a great performance and hopefully we can continue this form until the end of the season.”