Eagles defender Scott Dann admitted that West Bromwich Albion's quickfire start gave his side a mountain to climb as Palace fell to a 2-0 defeat against the Baggies.
Having worked under Tony Pulis before, the defender and the majority of his teammates knew that the first goal of the game would be crucial, and it came just two minutes into the contest when James Morrison put the visitors ahead.
With Pulis' side typically strangling the life out of the game, Dann admitted that his side found it tough to get back into the contest, and when Craig Gardner added a superb second after the break the Eagles' four game winning run would come to an end.
He said: "We knew that we didn't really want to concede the first goal against one of the ex-manager's teams as you know that if they get the first goal it's always going to be difficult.
"After that we threw everything at them and it didn't fall for us, nothing went out way in the box and we pushed really hard to try and get that goal but we couldn't get back into the game.
"They made it difficult, there was no space anywhere on the pitch, especially in their own half, and we forced things a bit too much at times. We probably should have mixed up our play to try something a little bit different so we played into their hands but they defended well on the day."
It seemed like a bad day at the office for Alan Pardew's side as they didn't quite enjoy thee rub of the green during the 90 minutes, but Dann is adamant that his side shouldn't be too downhearted with another home game on the horizon next weekend against Hull City.
"We've been on a great run, we've come into the game high on confidence and we felt we were going to get the three points today," he added.
"We conceded the early goal which was a big setback for us and we couldn't get back into the game but these things happen in the Premier League. We've got to pick ourselves up and move onto the next one, and take the confidence we gained from the last four wins into the last five games."