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Chelsea fall to shock Palace defeat

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Chelsea fell to an incredible 1-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Crystal Palace yesterday. The winner came courtesy of a John Terry own goal, and will certainly now hugely shake up the table at both ends.

The Blues, having the strongest defence in the league were expected by fans and pundits alike to stroll to an easy victory today that would put the pressure back on fierce title rivals Manchester City, ahead of their evening fixture against Arsenal.

History was not on the Eagles' side either: this was only their fifth win in 25 London derbies, and their first win against Chelsea since 1990.

However, Tony Pulis and the Eagles had other ideas, and continuously frustrated Jose Mourinho and his side with their physical, counter-attacking performance.

The winner came in the 52nd minute of the game, and Palace managed to resist Chelsea's star-studded attack, despite Mohamed Salah and Oscar being substituted on soon after the opener was scored.

As devastating as the result was for Chelsea's title credentials, it was equally crucial for Palace's fight against the drop come the end of the season. Tony Pulis has been brilliant since his arrival at Selhurst Park, and his victory today will do no harm to his relationship with the club and fans.

Ultimately, Chelsea have to hope that Manchester City and Liverpool slip up, otherwise the pendulum of title momentum could well have swung towards the blue side of Manchester.

This incredible game, called 'the result of the season' by both Robbie Savage and Garth Crooks on Final Score after the final whistle, further enhances the excitement and tension of the Barclays Premier League as it nears its conclusion.

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