Alan Pardew was delighted at the end of this London derby that the squad’s preparation through the week at the training ground had set his side up perfectly for the visit to the Champions.
"We had a good meeting this week about what it takes to win here. It’s difficult to try and overcome of the quality of not just the team but the manager as well and we did it.
"We gave an assured performance because you can nick a win here by parking the bus. I didn’t think we did that. We were on the front foot. We tried to hurt Chelsea as often as we could." The boss told the official website after the victory.
Second half goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward gave Jose Mourinho a disappointing 100th Premier League home match in charge at Chelsea as his opposing manager described it as the best performance he has seen by his side since joining the club at the turn of the year.
"As Crystal Palace manager, this was my best performance of the team that I’ve seen. Not because of the victory here, but because of the manner of how we played.
"We looked a good team today and, if we can keep the team fit, keep the spirit that we have with people like Damien Delaney and Scotty Dann, we can have a good season.
"It’s always great to come and manage here. It’s a great place."
The Palace boss was asked post-match about whether referee Craig Pawson should have given Chelsea a first-half spot kick for a foul on Kurt Zouma but the Eagles boss felt his side also had a call for one.
"I’ve seen the pull on Zouma, it was Connor Wickham with the challenge, who I thought had a good game, but there was a clash with Costa on Damo that the referee missed. This happens in football."
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