Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak said that the team’s response to the first Chelsea goal let them down.
The Blues took the lead against the run of play after half an hour with Oscar’s strike, before goals from Willian and Diego Costa sealed a comfortable win.
Post-match, the Palace captaij rued his side’s poor response as the reason for the defeat: “I just think when you concede a goal like that in the first-half it’s not ideal and it probably helps hem get their tails up after that,” Jedinak said.
“We know they’re a good side and it’s a false sense of where they are in the table at at the moment but if we had got the first goal then maybe we would have seen a different Chelsea.
“It was pivitol but we still had a lot of time to get ourselves out of that and the response was OK, but wasn’t sustained for long about and everyone n the dressing room knows that.
“We got a little bit wayward in the second half and allowed them to score two quick goals which went away from what we were trying to do so it’s very disappointing. They controlled the game after that and it never looked in doubt.”
The defeat marked Palace’s first defeat in seven games, but Jedinak has said that the result has to be quickly learnt from and put behind them:
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and rectify that next week,” he added.
“We’ll be back on the training pitch as soon as we can getting ready for Southampton and we know that’s going to be tough.
“We’ll make sure we do what’s asked of us and put in some hard work. We’ve got to this point with that and today it was still there but we lacked a little bit of composure at times and I’m sure we’ll rectify it going forward.
“You don’t like to start the year with a loss but there’s plenty of time to change that. Although today was a disappointing result we’rs still pushing forward and we’ll be up for the coming fixtures.”