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Conor Gallagher and Graham Potter hail special win over Crystal Palace.

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Gallagher was happy to have scored the late winner against Crystal Palace as Chelsea FC sealed a vital 2-1 in south London.

The 22-year-old curled a 'written in the stars' shot into Crystal Palace's top corner to hand Graham Potter his first Premier League win as Chelsea coach.

Midfield ace Conor Gallagher expressed his utmost delight at scoring his first Chelsea goal on Saturday.

The Blues midfielder Gallagher, who was on loan at Crystal Palace last season, came off the bench to score the winning goal that handed Graham Potter his first win as Chelsea manager.

Odsonne Edouard broke the deadlock in the seventh minute but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled the score in the 38th minute with a sublime finish, the Gabonese's first league goal following his return to English football.

It looked like Patrick Vieira’s Eagles and Potter’s men were going to share the spoils but substitute Gallagher nutmegged Jean-Philippe Mateta before delivering a thunder strike from outside the box to ensure Chelsea secured the three points.

The 22-year-old, who claimed Palace's Player of the Year award for his performances last season, told BBC’s Match of the Day that he is keen on showing his new manager that he deserves to be a key member of the Chelsea squad.

Gallagher: 'Written in the stars.'

"It's a very special moment to come on and get the winner and my first goal for Chelsea,” Gallagher said.

"It was written in the stars. Unfortunately, it came against Palace but I'm just buzzing to get my first goal.

"Everyone knows how much I loved it here [at Palace] and I thank the whole club and the fans - even today with the reception they gave me.


"Hopefully I can build a bit of confidence with the goal and push on. I want to work as hard as I can for him [manager Graham Potter] and be available wherever he needs me, whether starting or coming off the bench.

"Obviously I want to start and I need to show him I'm good enough."

Graham Potter: 'There's character.'

The new Chelsea manager Potter lauded his players for their performance and the character they showed to stay in the game long enough to seal the victory.

"We're delighted with the result,” Potter said. “It's a tough place to come. I thought we started quite well but conceded from the first action into the box.

"Credit to the boys, they recovered well and did not let their heads go down. It was nice to get an equaliser and get back in the game.

"We had to survive moments as they are a good side with dangerous players. To be a goal down and come away with three points is fantastic so credit to the players.

"There's character, that's for sure. They could've felt sorry for themselves after conceding the goal but the players stood up all the way through.


"There was a collective spirit among the players. We are delighted with the three points."

Palace felt Thiago Silva should have been sent off for a deliberate handball five minutes before the Brazil defender assisted Aubameyang for Chelsea's equalising goal.

When Potter was asked about the incident, he replied: "I thought it was touch and go. The fact he was quite far from the goal saved him and it could've gone the other way.

"It's a close one, I can understand Patrick's [Vieira] frustration. It's a 50-50 one."

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