Date: 29th August 2015 at 7:44pm
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Summer signing Bakary Sako was left delighted for the second time in a week as he played a key role again, but this time in us taking all three points from reigning Champions Chelsea.

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Making the trip to Stamford Bridge and then taking a two one victory with goals coming from Sako and Joel Ward, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man told Crystal Palace FC that it really had been a fantastic day, especially for him as he made a telling contribution at both ends.

It wasn’t just his goal, moments earlier he made a goal line clearance for us as well.

‘It`s been a fantastic day. It`s not easy to come and win at Stamford Bridge but I`m delighted. We had that feeling that we could do it before the game and get a win because this is not their best start, and we have a really good squad who are playing well and are confident. The plan today was fantastic, we kept the ball well when they turned it over to put them under pressure and we also showed some great teamwork. We always felt that we would have an opportunity to get a goal.’

Sako went on to say that he appreciates his role at times means he has to come back and defend and track people and whilst it’s far from some of the ‘best bits’ his job, he was just pleased to see it work with the clearance and it kept that clean sheet at the time that frustrated them and lifted us, and of course the reward of that came at the other end not long after.

‘I was delighted it helped (defensive work) and with the goal today. The first attempt was blocked but I kept believing and the ball came back to my feet and I thought ‘yes, that`s my chance to sore` and I did. We didn`t drop back when they scored and instead went back to attacking them and got that second one to make it a day to remember.’

Having made the move to the club the other week, the Mali international went on to say that he felt he had settled well so far and he’d been pleased with what had been a good start for him at Palace.

‘I`m very happy to be involved in this squad. I missed the first couple of games because I had to get my fitness right and played for the under-21s before the gaffer put me on the pitch, and I was happy that I scored last week and the same this week. I was really confident that I could play in the Premier League and I wanted to prove to everybody that I could to keep up the good work that I was doing at Wolves. We have a really good team and a strong squad so we`re going to keep working to get better and better.’

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