Analysis

Tammy Abraham explains half-time instructions and fellow scorer Christian Pulisic analyses his goal

Just as in our previous two home league games we had to wait until after half-time before breaking down stubborn opposition, with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic goals doing the damage for the second weekend running.

The same pair that netted at Watford did so against a Crystal Palace side who had been happy to pack men behind the ball and try and hit us on the counter-attack.

Chances were at a premium but when a clear one arrived Abraham’s way, the striker made no mistake, clinically finishing for his 10th league goal already this season.

‘It wasn’t our best game, but the most important was that we got the three points,’ assessed Abraham.

‘It was hard work. Crystal Palace are a good side, they defend well as a team and in the first half, they frustrated our style of play.

‘At half-time the manager said we needed to stay focused, and the chances would come. We came out, we believed, we didn’t change our style of play, we wanted to show our attacking football, and we got our two goals.’

Abraham’s was a textbook one-on-one finish, benefitting from a delicious Willian flick that cut the Eagles open. Pulisic’s fifth Premier League goal in three games was a more rudimentary affair, but its timing was invaluable, ensuring a comfortable conclusion to proceedings.

‘I cut inside, played the ball into Michy and he shot,’ described Pulisic. ‘I just got in the box, sometimes it comes to you, sometimes it doesn’t, and luckily it kind of bounced right to me.

‘That helped us a lot. We deserved it, we had a lot of chances we should have scored, and it was a good result in the end.

‘The first half didn’t quite go our way although I felt we were dominating the game. Palace were not easy opponents, we had some difficulties and we just couldn’t break them down. We stuck with it, trusted the way we play, and eventually Tammy got his goal.

‘I’m enjoying it for sure, I think everyone in that changing room is,’ added Pulisic as he considered our six-game winning run.

‘Things are very good right now. It’s not always going to be perfect, but we’re happy with the way we’re performing.’

Read: Frank Lampard's reaction to the game

The final word went to Abraham, who gave his reasons for the key to our fine recent form and the myriad of goals that have come with it.

‘The way we train, the way we go out to win every game, we just want to score and assist each other.

‘We have that mentality of believing in each other, and we just want to play our beautiful football.’

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