Yohan Cabaye managed to cap his first appearance for Palace with a goal that helped his new side beat Norwich City 3-1, but admitted his debut was a tougher experience than the scoreline suggested.
The French midfielder enjoyed a dream day as he scored in the final seconds of the game to seal victory for his side and grab his first goal for the club, and he was just pleased that it ensured the season started in perfect fashion despite the Canaries pushing the Eagles all the way.
After the final whistle, he said: “We won the game but it wasn’t simple. It’s a tough place to come and play our football and for me Norwich did well. They were sharper than us but more importantly we won the game.
“Three points for me is the best way to start the season because after this we have some big games so it was important to get the points today.
“When they got it back to 2-1 they made it difficult for us and we were under pressure but we stuck together and fought to keep the score in our favour and at the end we scored a third.
“I was happy to get the goal - I wanted to start well because it’s a new season with my new team so I think it was the best way to start, especially as last season wasn’t simple for me. Now I want to focus on Palace and do my best for the team and for the club.”
As well as a fine performance from the French international, Wilfried Zaha also starred for the visitors and Cabaye was full of praise for his teammate who grabbed the opening goal, adding: “I’ve been looking forward to playing with Wilf, Yala and Punch as well but Wilf is different.
“He can do so much when he gets the ball. Today he scored and I’m pleased for him because he works hard every day and just wants to do his best for the team.”
Today saw Cabaye return to the division he last graced with Newcastle United back in January 2013 and he admitted that he couldn’t wait to get into the thick of English football again despite some daunting fixtures heading Palace’s way in the coming weeks.
“It means a lot to me to be back in the Premier League as I enjoyed my time at Newcastle,” he continued. “I’ve had a fantastic welcome from the club since I arrived and I want to do my best to help them get the best position possible in the league.
“We have to keep working hard. I think we can do better than today; we have to keep hold of the ball better but it’s the start of the new season and we have plenty of time to play together.
“We know that we have a tough start and for me we’re going to have to be ready next week. We’re starting our home season so I hope our fans are going to push us to get some good results.”