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Kelly - We're Dangerous with the Fans Behind Us

15 December 2018

Martin Kelly enjoyed a memorable game today as Crystal Palace beat a visiting Leicester City side, keeping a clean sheet in the process.

The Palace defender hasn't featured much for the Eagles so far, but had an excellent game today and looked back on a strong overall performance in front of a typically vocal crowd.

"I felt we did really well as a team," he said. "We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.

"Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we've got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot."

It was one moment in particular that will grab the morning's headlines, though, and Kelly reflected on a sumptuous strike from Luka Milivojevic, suggesting it was exactly what the team needed to break the deadlock.

"Looking back at the first half, we could have got the ball out of our feet more so for him [Milivojevic] to not hesitate and have an attack paid off."

But defensively Palace can be proud too, and Kelly played admirably at the heart of a solid back four.

He said, "It's always a bonus getting a clean sheet and doing your job as such. You've got to be ready, you never know when your chance is going to come but in the Premier League, if you've been around as long as I have, you've got to keep yourself in tip-top condition and when you get your chance you've got to not look out of place."

The last line of defence behind Kelly today was Vicente Guaita, who was making his Premier League debut between the sticks. Pulling off a remarkable save on one of the rare occasions that Leicester managed to break through the Palace backline, the Spanish shot-stopper helped to guide his team to victory by keeping a well-deserved clean sheet.

Kelly considered the 'keeper's performance and offered his view from the pitch.

"Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.

"He's quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn't know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that's what you want when the big man's behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He's settled in and I'm sure he'll be made up that he's had his chance and he's done well."

For the rest of the post-match reaction, head over to Palace TV now. Alternatively, if you're reading in the app, just click 'Palace TV'.

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