Christian Benteke says Crystal Palace need to keep their good form going

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Saturday afternoon, Conte said: "We have to play on Wednesday against Man City and we all know the strength of their team, but for now the most important thing is to rest and recover well".

"If you look at the second goal we were left two v two at the back - that should never happen", the former defender explained. "In England there does not exist an easy game and the game is very tough if the name of your opposition team is City or another team".

Four straight wins have moved them virtually clear of relegation trouble with Zaha's form a crucial ingredient in boss Sam Allardyce's planning.

But speedy Palace, who had won their previous three games to climb away from the relegation zone, hit back with two in two minutes, Zaha angling a shot through Chelsea's defence to equalise and feeding Benteke who chipped home.

"Why do you want to put me in s***?", Hazard hilariously asked, before continuing: "No, I'm very well (happy) here".

With Tottenham's 2-0 victory over Burnley, it now means Chelsea's lead at the top of the table has been reduced to just 7 points.

Conte added: "It's very hard to see this situation". We all know the strength of their team.

Striker Christian Benteke says Crystal Palace can be proud of their stunning win at Chelsea but still have work to do.

Benteke added: "We have to keep going".

Benteke scored twice in Russian Federation while on worldwide duty and, confidence boosted, he has now bagged his first Premier League goal since January. We could have scored more.

Palace are now four points clear of the relegation zone, having won four games in succession since February 11's 1-0 loss to Stoke.

Chelsea stepped up their game after the goals and launched wave after wave of attacks on Palace's goal but goalkeeper Wayne Henessey was one of the heroes of the night, pulling off a number of fine saves to keep the Blues at bay.

Both teams could face Football Association action after pyrotechnics were set off during the match.

  • Julie Sanders