‘I was dying to come off the bench’ – Chelsea player says after win against Crystal Palace

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Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher came off the bench to help Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away at Selhurst Park.

It was a well struck goal very late in the game against the club he did well on loan with last season.

Speaking after the game, Gallagher revealed he was ‘dying’ to get on the pitch, and also paid tribute to the Palace fans who applauded him when he was introduced and also after the game.

“It was crazy to be honest,” he told Sky Sports.

“I was dying to get onto the pitch I felt I could try to help the team to win the game. Thankfully I got the chance to get a shot off and it went in. It had to come against Crystal Palace.

“I loved my time here, they clapped me after the game after I had just scored, it was unreal and I’m so thankful for how they treated me when I was here and even now.

“I’m buzzing with the three points and buzzing to get my first goal.”

Gallagher also vowed to keep working hard in order to get into the starting team.

“It’s a very special moment to come on and get the winner and my first goal for Chelsea,” Gallagher said after the match.

“It was written in the stars. Unfortunately it came against Palace but I’m just buzzing to get my first goal.

“Everyone knows how much I loved it here [at Palace] and I thank the whole club and the fans – even today with the reception they gave me.

“Hopefully I can build a bit of confidence with the goal and push on.

“I want to work as hard as I can for him [Graham Potter] and be available wherever he needs me, whether starting or coming off the bench.

“Obviously I want to start and I need to show him I’m good enough.”