After headed home the winner against Liverpool eight minutes from time, Palace defender Scott Dann admitted that he fancied himself to score against the team he supported as a youngster.
The Scouser nodded in at the second attempt to grab his side a first win four games as the Eagles once again proved to be the scourge of the Reds, but Dann admitted post-match it was a personal dream come true to register at Anfield.
“I had a feeling that I was going to score today and thankfully it was the winner,” he said. “It was a good ball in by Yohan and I just wanted to get on the end of one and thankfully for me it went in.
“It’s nice to get the win; we did it here last year so we knew we were capable of doing it again and it was a great performance again by all of the lads.
“I have always dreamed of scoring here so it’s a nice touch. I’ll probably get a bit of stick from my family and friends but they support me as well so I’m sure they won’t mind too much!”
Palace found themselves in front on 20 minutes when Yannick Bolasie scored but Philippe Coutinho pulled his side level before half-time, but Dann felt that after the restart his team were the better side as they went on to pick up the win.
He added: “We knew with the way they press we had to start well and we did that, and in the first 20 minutes we were the better team but then we dropped off and let them get back into the game.
“We knew we had to score a couple because of the talent they have here. They were fortunate to get one and they were pressing for another at the end of the first half and we needed to regroup, but we had pace and power up top and when we get into wide areas we can cause teams problems.
“They had a few chances after they scored but we wanted to come out in the second half and get back to doing what we do well, and that’s attacking teams. We were the most likely to score in the second half and so we deserved the win.”
That was the Eagles’ third league victory in a row against Liverpool following the famous 3-3 draw back in May 2014, and the Palace defender believes that is a great achievement for his side who now head into the international break in a buoyant mood.
“It’s not an easy place to come,” Dann admitted. “Not many teams get to win here so to have a record like that is a nice one to have, but it’s just three points and it doesn’t really matter where we win
“We’ve got the tools away from home to hurt people and we managed to do that for the majority of the game today, and when we do that we’re a good team. In recent weeks we maybe went off the boil a little bit so we wanted to get back to winning ways like we had at the start of the season. “