Conor Gallagher says ‘it was written in the stars’ that he would score his first Chelsea goal against former club Crystal Palace… and midfielder hopes to get more chances to impress after netting last-gasp winner
Conor Gallagher says scoring his first Chelsea goal against his former side Crystal Palace was ‘written in the stars’ after he bagged a last-minute winner.
Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring after seven minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised with a neat finish late in the first half.
Gallagher was warmly received when he stepped on the Selhurst Park pitch in the 76th minute for the first time since his loan spell as an Eagle, but any friendly sentiment was quickly forgotten when he sealed a 2-1 victory.
Conor Gallagher scored the winner for Chelsea in the 90th minute after coming off the bench
‘It’s a very special moment to come on and get the winner and my first goal for Chelsea,’ he told BBC Sport.
‘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.’
It was the England international’s first goal for Chelsea on his seventh appearance for the club.
His curled effort from outside the box was enough to secure all three points for Chelsea
He is now hoping to get more opportunities to impress.
‘Hopefully I can build a bit of confidence with the goal and push on,’ he said.
‘I want to work as hard as I can for [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.’
The midfielder was warmly received on his first return to Selhurst Park since his loan spell