After scoring the matchwinner at the King Power Stadium, Joe Ledley was delighted that his side managed to get another vital victory at the expense of another relegation rival in Leicester City.
The midfielder netted with a header 10 minutes after half-time to seal another victory for Alan Pardew’s men – their fifth in six under the new boss – and he admits that it came at a crucial time as the Eagles were under severe pressure from the hosts.
After the match, he said: “It was massive for me to get the goal today. We knew it was going to be difficult here at Leicester and it was always going to be a bit of a battle but we’ve come through it on top and it was a great three points. Hopefully we can get back on a run again and keep winning.
“We started well for the first 10 minutes and then after that we were hanging on. They had a few chances and hit the bar, but the manager just told us to get the ball down, get it into the wide areas and get the balls into the box and have a few more shots.
“We defended really well today, we knew we were going to be under the kosh when we went 1-0 up but we’ve got a great team spirit here.
“It’s massive to beat the teams around you, we’ve done pretty well against the teams around us this season and managed to get another three points today. Away from home we’ve been pretty good as well so we just need to keep it going and hopefully survive.”
Ledley was also quick to praise Julian Speroni’s heroics in goal as the Argentinian made several key saves to keep his sheet clean, including one moment when a loose backpass by the Welshman almost proved costly, and rather than bask in the glory of this victory his eyes are firmly set on the midweek visit of Pardew’s former club Newcastle United.
“He [Speroni] has been brilliant and he saved me when he came out after a bad ball by myself but Jules was fantastic today and made some magnificent saves.
“It’s Newcastle next for us and it’ll be fantastic for him [Pardew] as he was there for a long time but we need to improve our home form and hopefully we get the three points. We’re in a good position now so we just need to keep plugging away.”