“Am sorry for the goal” – 24-year-old Chelsea star apologises for 91st-minute goal
In a riveting turn of events at Selhurst Park, Conor Gallagher, with a heartfelt apology to the devoted Crystal Palace supporters, orchestrated a sensational 91st-minute goal, orchestrating Chelsea’s stunning 3-1 comeback triumph on a memorable Monday.
The initial half witnessed a lackluster performance from Chelsea, failing to muster even a solitary shot on target, while Jefferson Lerma propelled the Eagles into the lead with a commanding strike.
A paradigm shift unfolded post halftime, with Gallagher ingeniously leveling the scoreline in the 47th minute before delivering a decisive blow in the dying embers of added time. The plot thickened further as Enzo Fernandez etched his name on the scoresheet in the 94th minute, ensuring Chelsea’s departure from south London with a coveted three-point bounty.
A captivating subplot weaves through Gallagher’s narrative, having spent the entire 2021-22 season on loan at Palace, earning the prestigious Player of the Year accolade for his stellar contributions. Paradoxically, the burgeoning talent has now notched up more Premier League goals against Crystal Palace than any other adversary, a tally standing at an impressive four.
Further adding to the intricacies of Gallagher’s narrative is his goal-scoring prowess at Selhurst Park, a hallowed ground where he has found the net on six occasions, eclipsing his goal-scoring exploits at any other venue in the competition.
Expressing a mix of remorse and admiration for the Palace faithful, Gallagher, in a post-game interview with Sky Sports, confessed, “I do love them (Palace fans), that’s the thing, but you can’t beat that feeling. I’m sorry Palace fans.” The 24-year-old went on to commend his astute manager, Mauricio Pochettino, attributing the victory to a tactical tweak that added structure in the opponent’s half, creating more avenues for goal-scoring opportunities.
Reflecting on the match’s unfolding drama, Gallagher shared, “When we scored early we knew we had to go on and win it, but it was getting later in the match. My calf started cramping up, and then to get that goal. It was an amazing feeling, and the lads are buzzing,” encapsulating the rollercoaster of emotions that defined this gripping encounter.