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Townsend: Crystal Palace will learn from Chelsea defeat

Crystal Palace attacker Andros Townsend reckons his side can learn from their 3-1 defeat against high flying Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today.

The Eagles put on a spirited display in West London and it had looked like Roy Hodgson’s side may get something out of the game when Townsend finished brilliantly in the 53rd minute to cancel out Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata’s smartly taken first-half strike.

However, Morata struck again with 25 minutes left to play after some poor defending by Palace from an Eden Hazard free-kick, before Blues attacker Pedro then found the net just five minutes later to take the game away from the visitors.

“We came out in the second half firing and wanted to get in their faces. We did that and scored. But then Chelsea scored for a set-piece and we have just come up short,” Townsend told Sky Sports.

“The minimum you have to do against top teams is not concede from set-plays. You need to make one of their world-class players do something special. We will learn from that and the mistakes we made today.”

Crystal Palace remain in 14th place in the Premier League table on eight points after today’s result.

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