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Captain's Comments: Chelsea

16 December 2016

Before each home game, Eagles skipper Scott Dann previews his side's upcoming match in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the visit of Chelsea.

We came so close on Wednesday to picking up a great point against Manchester United, but we just came unstuck right at the end.

It was a difficult result to take having been so disciplined and got ourselves right back into the game with a few minutes to go, so to concede was pretty gut-wrenching. They’re a top team and we worked hard to make sure that they didn’t get many chances or time on the ball, and we did that until the final few minutes so we’re disappointed not to see the game out.

We look back at goals and think about where we could have done better as a team, but the winner looked like a great finish from Ibrahimovic. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say that was a great goal.

Despite the defeat, it was the type of game that we can take plenty of positives out of. The attitude, mentality and work-rate was superb, and if we show more performances like that across the next five or 10 games, we’ll start picking up a few more points. The challenge for us nowi s to go and do that.

We also scored a great team goal, and we were all having a laugh with Damo at the time because he’s not known for that type of ability, but it was a brilliant touch and a great assist which allowed Macca to go through and score. It was important as it got us back into the game and we were on the front foot then.

You guys were so loud following that goal and it was great to hear Selhurst rocking once again. We have to thank you for that; you always stick by us and that’s why Palace fans are the best in the country. You have helped to get us through some tough times like when we weren’t on a great run a couple of weeks ago, but after we took four points from our previous two games before Wednesday, it’s up to us now to get a result today and get back on track.

It’ll be tough against the league leaders who have won 10 straight Premier League games which is an amazing achievement, but we’ve shown that we can compete with a world-class team such as Manchester United and the players that they’ve got, so we have to pick ourselves up, show the same type of attitude as midweek and see if things will be different today.

The boys will be right up for the game, but especially so as this is the last chance to win another home game in 2016. We go out every week to try and get the right result for each other and the fans, so hopefully we can put in some good performances starting tonight and right through the Christmas fixtures,  and pick up as many points as possible.

With that, I would like to wish all Palace supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you back here at Selhurst Park in 2017.

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