Luka Milivojevic scored his second goal in an Eagles shirt to send the side into a three goal lead and as the celebrations began post-match he played tribute to those that had taken the field having spent time racing against the clock to be fit for the crucial match.
Prior to the decider against Hull City Sam Allardyce had spoken of how he was going to make a late decision on selection due to injuries and the midfielder spoke of how they stepped over the white line to play their part even though they were not 100% fit.
“The whole team’s performance was perfect today but I must say congratulations to Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins and Andros Townsend because they played this game with injuries. They took the field for the team today and it was great for them that together the squad got a deserved win.”
Not for the first time this season the team took the field in front of a capacity home crowd and Luka was pleased the team were able to repay the fans for their great support.
His 85th minute penalty in front of The Holmesdale Road Stand showed, once again, his confidence from the spot and he had a clear plan in his head to ensure the lead was extended.
“Today the fans were amazing, they sing all the time for us and it was great that in the end we were able to give them four goals, three points and we stay in the league. It is all amazing for us all.
“I felt confident before I took the penalty, I knew in my mind where I wanted to put the ball and if I shoot well I will score. In the end I scored and the team won the game, perfect!".
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