Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Cahill: Crystal Palace Loss Is A Little Setback


London Chelsea have had their Premier League lead cut to seven points by a shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace as second-placed Tottenham won 2-0 at Burnley.

Chelsea are still seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table despite losing against Palace, while Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley.

Conte said: "The most important thing is to try to win the league".

The Eagles had scored just three first-half away goals all season coming into the match, but they made it two in 90 seconds to turn the game on its head as Benteke gave his side the lead with his third goal in his last three visits to Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues ace appeared in both internationals against Germany and Lithuania during the worldwide break, and he will be hoping to hold onto his place ahead of Tottenham's Danny Rose, who remains the first-choice on his return to full fitness.

"On a different day maybe we would have won the game".

Liverpool closed to within 10 points of Chelsea, albeit having played a game more, after sinking Everton 3-1 in the Merseyside derby. All three goals were scored in the first 11 minutes and it was a lovely finish from Benteke, who calmly lifted the ball over the advancing Thibaut Courtois at the end of a counterattack. Still they need 21 points to win the title.

"In every game here, anything can happen because the league is so strong".

As wingers, they are very offensive and that showed we wanted to play our football.

Jose Mourinho was left in a grumpy mood again after his toothless Manchester United, while extending their unbeaten league sequence to 19 matches, slipped up in the race for Champions League places, held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by West Bromwich Albion.

Hull helped their survival chances by beating West Ham 2-1 on goals from Andrew Robertson and Andrea Ranocchia.

Crystal Palace are expected to offer Wilfried Zaha a new contract to make him the club's best-paid player in the summer in a bid to ward off interest in the Ivory Coast forward from a host of Premier League sides.

Bournemouth's Harry Arter skied a late penalty over goal a 0-0 draw at Southampton in which both teams also hit the post.

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