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Kelly: We Showed Great Character

17 May 2015

Martin Kelly has praised his team-mates' character to come from a goal down against Liverpool to win 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday evening.

The Eagles went behind to an Adam Lallana strike in the first half, but goals from Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray turned the tide and secured the three points for Alan Pardew's side.

"I thought we played well, we looked very dangerous when we were on the ball," said the former Liverpool defender. 

"We showed great character to come from 1-0 down at Anfield to get the result, when they go ahead here they usually win the game. I think we showed great character to come back and get the win.

"We played really well today as a team, it was a great collective effort with some great individual performances."

Kelly featured at centre-back for the first time, alongside captain on the day Scott Dann, in an experimental team that proved too powerful for Liverpool on Steven Gerrard's final game on Merseyside for the Reds.

"I think it went well," he said about his performance. 

"Obviously I was at fault with the pass for their goal, but I feel I showed good character after that. It's my first start there ever in the Premier League, so I'll be looking to build off that performance. If I get a run in that position I can show what I'm capable of.

"I love playing any position for Palace, whether it be left-back, right-back or centre half, I'm happy being a part of the squad, this great squad, with players that want to go places. The sky's our limit."

Kelly also spoke highly of his former team-mate Steven Gerrard, claiming the Liverpool captain deserves a lot of respect for his contributions to English football with the Reds.

"He deserves the utmost respect," he said. 

"It was his day today. He's had a great ovation throughout the game, even though the result didn't go his way. He's single-handedly won some major honours for the club in the past and he can be proud of that when he reflects on his career. He has a new challenge next season, which I'm sure he's looking forward to."

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