James Tomkins’s goal on 14 minutes extended Palace’s early lead and set them up for the thrilling 3-2 victory against Brighton and the defender was delighted to reflect on a special derby day victory.
“The three points was the important thing and not to get too carried away that it was a derby but it’s hard not to when the atmosphere is like that and you know what it means to the fans. We have sent our fans away happy and even though we did it the hard way, it's three points nonetheless.”
In between the finish from Tomkins just inside the box it was Wilfried Zaha’s two goals that gave Palace the victory and it provided the best possible start for the Eagles and the defender was pleased the side were able to see the victory through to the end.
“We were 2-0 up and cruising and could have got another one or two but they go and get a goal but that’s football and its happened to us a few times when we have panicked towards the end but today we managed to keep a clean sheet in the second half. We knew if we did that we would win the game but it was nerve wracking at times and I can imagine the fans being a bit nervous watching us but its three points which move us up the table and closer to safety."
For the way the game exploded into life in the first half it was a nervous and tension field second period as Brighton pushed for the equaliser. After recent weeks of conceding it was massive for the Eagles to keep a second half clean sheet and see them past the winning post.
“Everyone was confident we could do it and you get that where they are going to chuck everything at you but we know we had enough ability on the pitch to put the game to bed and thankfully we did.
“Being a derby is a bonus but it’s massive for us and as I say a step closer to safety and that is the most important thing as this club deserves to be in the Premier League next season.”