Chelsea went into the break 1-0 down after Jefferson Lerma’s wondergoal within the first half, however Gallagher scored only a minute into the second half after which a 91st minute winner to interrupt Palace’s resolve. Enzo Fernández added a 3rd within the 94th minute of the match as Chelsea got here away from Selhurst Park with three factors.
Gallagher’s first noticed him end nicely off a Malo Gusto cross, whereas for the second he slotted dwelling neatly from the sting of the field to offer Chelsea the win.
“I feel he is a participant with an incredible dedication to the crew, all the time making an attempt to compensate each single scenario,” Pochettino stated of Gallagher. “It is priceless to have a participant like him. I am so completely happy for him as it is a victory we wanted.”
Gallagher was linked with a transfer away from Chelsea within the January switch window however he stayed put. Together with his contract up on the finish of subsequent season, Gallagher’s long-term future is unsure, however Pochettino says Gallagher by no means entertained any considered shifting away from the membership final month.
“At all times he determined, what he stated to me was that he needed to remain at Chelsea,” Pochettino stated. “However it’s about him and the membership. I’m not [worried about] these kind of issues, he has one other 12 months on his contract. However that is a matter for him and the membership.”
Pochettino stated the membership would assess the severity of Thiago Silva’s groin damage on Tuesday after he was pressured off after 61 minutes, and stated Malo Gusto was fatigued slightly than injured afterward.
Pochettino’s aspect headed into this match in inconsistent type. Of their prior three matches, they defeats within the Premier League to Liverpool and Wolves however their final match noticed them put collectively a powerful 3-1 victory at Aston Villa within the FA Cup. The problem on this journey to Selhurst Park was to play like they did towards Villa, and never like they did of their final two Premier League outings.
Chelsea dominated possession within the first half however solely managed one shot off track, however then discovered a scientific edge within the second half as soon as Pochettino had shifted to 2 up entrance with Christopher Nkunku approaching at half-time for Noni Madueke.
From there they put collectively their match-winning efficiency, enjoying with the identical sort of depth they did towards Villa. The problem for Chelsea is to proceed looking for a 90-minute exhibiting. “That is the consistency which we have to change,” Pochettino stated.
“We have to begin the sport a unique means, we have to attempt to be constant to play and carry out all the time in the way in which how we carried out towards Aston Villa. It isn’t simple, however that is the problem. We would have liked the three factors and I am very happy.”
On the opposing aspect, the defeat left Hodgson downbeat. Crystal Palace sit in fifteenth within the league, 5 factors off the relegation zone, and have star gamers Eberechi Eze, Marc Guehi and Michael Olise all sidelined.
“I am not likely within the temper if I am being brutally sincere of [talking about] positives and looking for issues to say that might cheer me up, as a result of I do not know what might be stated that might cheer me up,” Hodgson stated post-match.
“What can I say that can cheer the gamers up? I may probably say, nicely, with the gamers we have coming again and these guys doing so nicely, it bodes nicely for the long run with the 14 video games we have now left.
“However after all we nonetheless do not know when Olise, Eze can be again, so we is likely to be battling via like we have achieved tonight for a couple of extra video games earlier than we will have a look at a crew which can threaten the opposition a bit greater than we did at the moment.”
However regardless of their poor run of type, Hodgson is adamant the crew will survive the drop with January signing Adam Wharton impressing on Monday. Up subsequent is a key match at Everton after which they’re at dwelling to Burnley. “It is a unhealthy interval but it surely’s been attributable to the damage scenario,” Hodgson stated. “It is 14 video games [left], numerous matches and numerous factors and I feel we have proven sufficient.
“So I haven’t got any considerations, however there isn’t a complacency and factors are very essential to get away from the relegation zone. This group of gamers are adequate and tonight gave me much more religion and perception.”