Allardyce hails Palace ‘character’ after shock Chelsea win

Date published: Saturday 1st April 2017 6:27

Sam Allardyce: Thrilled with win at Chelsea

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce praised his side’s character after they withstood a Chelsea onslaught to record a shock 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke saw the Eagles overturn Cesc Fabregas’ early strike in an incredible start to the game and Allardyce’s men then produced a backs to the wall performance to keep the hosts out again.

The former England boss said: “I think our performance is typical of what seems to be the character of the side. It’s the first time we’ve gone behind so early. The determination has shone through. We knew we were going to be pegged back.

“The defence was outstanding, the goalkeeper was outstanding. We could have scored more.

“The game plan worked exceptionally well.

“It’s a sweet three points to come to the champions, or who I think are going to be champions, and win. This is what the Premier League is about. There can be a shock anywhere. It will make people sit up and say wow.”

As for what the win meant to their survival hopes, Allardyce added: “It’s ours to throw away now. At this moment in time we are safe but there’s still nine games to go.

“We must pick up as many points now. When we are mathematically safe we’ll look forward to the summer.”

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