It’s beyond us saying Chelsea are having a slow start to the new season after suffering their second defeat of the campaign to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, however, The Eagles boss Alan Pardew was delighted with his team’s performance in the London derby on Saturday.
The south London side had a very good performance at Chelsea, with Pardew admitting the hard work in the training ground all week materialised perfectly.
"We had a good meeting this week about what it takes to win here,” the Palace boss told the club’s official website after the victory. “It’s difficult to try and overcome of the quality of not just the team but the manager as well and we did it.
"We gave an assured performance because you can nick a win here by parking the bus. I didn’t think we did that. We were on the front foot. We tried to hurt Chelsea as often as we could.”
Bakary Sako broke the deadlock in the 65th minute but the Blues responded through Radamel Falcao in the 79th. You would have thought Chelsea were going for the win but it wasn't the case as Joel Ward nodded the winner just two minutes after Chelsea levelled.
This was Jose Mourinho's 100th Premier League home game as Chelsea boss and it ended in a shock defeat to Palace.
"As Crystal Palace manager, this was my best performance of the team that I’ve seen,” Pardew declared. “Not because of the victory here, but because of the manner of how we played.
"We looked a good team today and, if we can keep the team fit, keep the spirit that we have with people like Damien Delaney and Scotty Dann, we can have a good season.
"It’s always great to come and manage here. It’s a great place."