Reaction: Good feeling

Willian and Gary Cahill believe our performance yesterday was at the level required and must be matched for the remainder of the season if we are to achieve our targets.

The final scoreline of 2-1 made it look closer than it was as the Blues passed up plenty of opportunities to extend the advantage given to us in the first half by Willian and a Martin Kelly own goal. Crystal Palace got one back right at the end, but it was not enough to stop us picking up a Premier League victory for the first time in a month.

‘They created some problems for us, but we did a good job,’ Willian assessed after another man-of-the-match performance.

‘It’s always a good feeling to be back winning after some not good results. We played very well; we could have scored more goals and the result could have been 4-1 or 5-1. In the Premier League you have to kill the game, otherwise you have problems, but we deserved the three points.

‘I’m happy with my performance and my form,’ he added. ‘I hope to continue like this, but the most important thing is to win the games.

‘We have to carry on in this way. We cannot go down any more - we have to stay high.’

Captain Cahill agreed with the Brazilian that the margin of victory against the Eagles could have been greater, but he was satisfied with the outcome and says it stands us in good stead for the important weeks ahead.  

‘We had to show a lot of determination,’ Cahill said. ‘The three points was all that mattered today, however we got them.

‘In the first half, we could have got three or four. By the end they were throwing everything at it, as you’d expect. They made it difficult late on.

‘We have to show a lot of courage and ambition to finish the season strongly. Qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation, and we have to work hard to get ourselves out of it.

‘Up until the Bournemouth game things were fine, and since then results haven’t gone our way. We have to show the character and work-rate we did yesterday to finish in the top four.’