If you’re a Palace fan, there’s a 99.9% chance that you’re walking on air this morning. Yesterday’s 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was a bit special, as the video attached below proves.
Having fallen behind to a remarkably well worked Cesc Fabregas goal in just the fifth minute, Sam Allardyce’s Eagles refused to let their heads drop, turning the game completely on its head after just another six minutes of play.
Whilst Zaha’s goal was a moment of instinctive individual brilliance, Benteke’s strike came after a barnstorming counter attack and was finished with the sublime composure of a truly top-class goalscorer. The big Belgian may have had his fair share of criticism in recent months but yesterday’s strike was worth its weight in gold.
As you can see from the above video, the travelling Palace fans were already bouncing in ecstasy as the break occurred, watching on in disbelief as Zaha and Benteke drove into the Chelsea penalty area. The split second of delay in between Benteke’s first touch and scoring dink comes across in the reaction of the 2,500 faces in the footage, it’s absolute class.
After winning at Stamford Bridge last season, few will have believed it could be topped but given Chelsea’s 10 point lead at the summit of the Premier League and Palace’s own desperation for points in the battle against relegation, yesterday’s performance and result beats last time for me on a personal level.
Watching the away end erupt from the perspective of a Chelsea fan filming it is incredibly sweet. We’ve now won four games in a row but there is no doubt about which one stands out above the rest.