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Crystal Palace midfielder: I went on to do a job at Chelsea just like the play-off final

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STUART O'Keefe says he just went on to do "a job" for Crystal Palace against Chelsea on Saturday. His performance earned praise from supporters, management and the media against Jose Mourinho's side, who scraped a 2-1 win over the Eagles. But O'Keefe, who came on to replace Kagisho Dikgacoi in a similar situation to the Championship play-off final in May, said it was "pleasing" to help the team out. "It's what you want to be, a footballer playing against the best players in the world and see where you are," he said. "To come to Stamford Bridge, play against players like that and for me to play like I did, it's very pleasing. "It's similar to the play-off final. You don't have much time to think about it, you just have to go on and do a job. "I think that helped me out, and it did again at Chelsea. "I felt quite good in the game, I felt pleased, just a bit disappointed not to get something from the game because it was a good opportunity." And the all-action midfielder, who is hoping Palace can keep up the same level of performance now, nearly grabbed a deserved equaliser in the second half but his goal-bound effort was blocked from close range. O'Keefe said: "There were a few half-chances. John Terry cleared one off the line from myself and it was just one of those days – unlucky. "The ball broke to me and I just tried to get something on it. It was just one of those things, I think it hit John Terry's heel." "The manager felt for us. He thought we put in a great performance and that we were very unlucky not to come away with something. "If we do that week in, week out I think we'll be all right. "We'll go back, we'll look at it and we'll go from there."

Crystal Palace midfielder: I went on to do a job at Chelsea just like the play-off final


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