For the second week in a row Bakary Sako was thrilled to play a key role in a Palace victory as they recorded a famous win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Once again Palace picked up another win on the road under Alan Pardew’s management after Sako opened the scoring in the 65 minute at the second attempt, having cleared the ball off his own goalline moments earlier, then set up Joel Ward for the winner eight minutes from time to clinch a memorable victory.
Post-match, he said: “It’s been a fantastic day. It’s not easy to come and win at Stamford Bridge but I’m delighted. We had that feeling that we could do it before the game and get a win because this is not their best start, and we have a really good squad who are playing well and are confident.
“The plan today was fantastic, we kept the ball well when they turned it over to put them under pressure and we also showed some great teamwork. We always felt that we would have an opportunity to get a goal.
“Sometimes it is my job to track back and defend, it’s not one of the best bits of my job but I was delighted it helped and with the goal today. The first attempt was blocked but I kept believing and the ball came back to my feet and I thought ‘yes, that’s my chance to sore’ and I did.
“We didn’t drop back when they scored and instead went back to attacking them and got that second one to make it a day to remember.”
The Mali international put in another stunning performance against the reigning champions to continue his dream start following his free transfer capture earlier this month, and he’s happy that he has been able to hit the ground running.
“I’m very happy to be involved in this squad,” he added. “I missed the first couple of games because I had to get my fitness right and played for the under-21s before the gaffer put me on the pitch, and I was happy that I scored last week and the same this week.
“I was really confident that I could play in the Premier League and I wanted to prove to everybody that I could to keep up the good work that I was doing at Wolves.
“We have a really good team and a strong squad so we’re going to keep working to get better and better.”