Kelly: It was always in our heads that we couldn’t lose

Martin Kelly

Defender Martin Kelly says Crystal Palace were determined to beat Norwich after their heartache against Wolves.

Palace conceded a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser against the Molineux club last week to throw away two vital points.

But they put matters right against Premier League new boys Norwich with a controlled performance.

Kelly, 29, was grateful to substitute Andros Townsend who made it 2-0 to ease the team’s nerves in the final stages.

“It was always in our heads that we couldn’t lose,” Kelly told Palace TV. “We worked for that and had that special moment that started with Patrick to Max with a nice ball down the line to Wilf and back in to Andros with a great finish.

“It was well deserved to top off a good, hard-working week for us and good performance out on the pitch.”

Kelly, who has started in all three of Palace’s victories this season, paid tribute to the spirit in the squad.

“I’m really enjoying my football. I’m in a great squad with a great set of lads, we’re always pushing each other in training,” added the centre half.

“Through the starting XI to the people on the bench, the people who sometimes aren’t in the squad who are training well.

“It’s a tough squad that’s really robust. So when asked upon, you can ask anyone to step up into Roy and Ray’s shape, you can put on the shirt and do your job.”