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Kelly: Palace Support Was A Big Reason Why I Joined

22 November 2014

Martin Kelly prepares to face his former club this weekend with last season's 3-3 thriller against Liverpool still fresh in his mind. Apart from the obvious disappointment of when he 
walked into the visitors dressing room after the game, the Palace support was a real memory he took away from his night in south London. 

"The noise the Palace fans made that night was incredible and it was one of the major reasons why I decided to come here. The only other grounds where I've experienced an atmosphere like that are Anfield and Goodison. When I heard Palace were interested I thought back to that night and what it would be like to play in front of those supporters all the time.

"I now know that Palace fans are like that from the first minute to the last minute whatever the score is. That's what I love about them. I've settled into London life quickly and I'm really enjoying my football here."

Martin wasn't involved in the game that ended the the 2013/14 home season in such style but tells us that the pictures of his former team mates are still clear in his mind when he made his way down the tunnel area post-match. 

"When I walked in the dressing room it was probably the worst I'd known it in all my time at the club, To be in there that night was a real low. Everyone was devastated. There was just silence, no-one said anything.

"There had been so many highs during the season but with that result everyone knew it was over. Palace brought Liverpool crashing down to earth."

The 24 year old defender is looking forward to the opportunity of being involved in this game against his former club and hoping for the chance to play in front of the worldwide TV audience.  

"Palace gave me the chance to play top-flight football and that’s vital after all the football I’ve missed in the last two years. Playing for a big club every week and being able to watch myself on television playing in the Premier League is so special to me. 

“I wasn't involved in our last game at Old Trafford so I’m not sure whether I’ll start for this one, but training has gone really well and I am doing all I can to get back in the side. 

“It will be good to see everyone again. It’s going to be strange because Liverpool were my club from childhood but you ask any footballer and they’ll tell you that once the whistle goes you are only interested in getting the points for your club and I will be doing all I can to get a result for us on the day."

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