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Boss: Chelsea Win Was The Turning Point

20 May 2017

Sam Allardyce came into Palace in the final month of last year and at the end of the final home game was able to celebrate that his aim of keeping the club in the top flight had been achieved.

As he looked ahead to the final game of the season against Manchester United he reflected on his five months at Selhurst Park and pulled out some stand out moments from a run of games that saw his side record some crucial results.

Between February and April one defeat in eight matches included victories over Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and the boss chose one as the turning point of the season that led to survival in that final home game against Hull City.

"There are a few moments; last Sunday was a big moment because of the size of the game and the quality of the performance. The two standout ones for me were Chelsea away and Arsenal at home. That's me leaving out Liverpool away, by the way.

"But I think the performance at Chelsea, considering they hadn't lost at home since September when Antonio (Conte) was just starting and finding his feet, and for us to beat them when they were 10 points clear at the time was a major turning point for us.

"And the Arsenal win was the perfect performance in terms of a 3-0 victory. I've never had a team that's dominated Arsenal so much over 90 minutes in my entire career."

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