Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira praised two-goal ‘humble’ hero Conor Gallagher after his brace helped inspire a 3-1 win over Everton in the Premier League.
The Chelsea player opened the scoring after 41 minutes and closed the points with a sublime second in stoppage time, coming home from 25 yards.
This ended the Eagles’ three-game losing streak and Gallagher played a central role in the triumph to continue his fine form at Selhurst Park, which was unaffected by a first England appearance last month.
Vieira said: “I’m not surprised at all and Conor is not the type of person who will be too busy.
“He wants to improve, he is really humble, works hard and the challenge for him is to maintain this level to meet his expectations.
“Today he was fantastic and I think when the team play at this level as well it gives him and some of the players on the team a chance to express themselves.”
After Gallagher raised his total of goals for the season to six, his manager refused to set a limit on what the midfielder should aim for on his one-season loan in South London.
“I don’t know if I should put a number or not, but if you look at the number of chances he creates in the game and the number of chances created by the team, his timing to enter the box is always good and he can finish, ”Vieira insisted.
“We have to keep challenging him, keep working with him to keep improving, but he can score, so we have to play as a team to allow those kind of players who have scoring quality to try their hand. luck.”
Palace got back on the winning streak for the first time since early November and Vieira had a big celebration when Gallagher scored 3-1 in stoppage time to add to James Tomkins’ tap-in in the 62nd minute.
He admitted: “It was an important victory for us. We needed it and I’m really happy because we went through all the scenarios during the game, but in the end we managed to achieve the victory. “
Everton suffered a seventh loss in their last nine games despite Solomon Rondon’s consolation in the second half and failed to capitalize on Monday’s 2-1 home win over Arsenal.
Rafael Benitez made the decision to squeeze Richarlison out in the 57th minute, which was met with boos from loyal travelers, but the Spaniard later insisted the Brazilian had suffered a minor injury. calf.
He said: “When you’re disappointed because the team isn’t doing well you can be emotional and react, but the reality is we made that substitution and we were right.
“Rondon came in, held the ball and gave us something more.
“After he scores the goal, we try to do our best for the team every time. We make mistakes but we know the players, know what they are like and try to make the right decisions.
On the result which leaves Everton in 14th position, Benitez added: “When we controlled, we made a mistake and we conceded the first goal.
“Second goal, another mistake. Third goal, another mistake. Good reaction with our goal, we have our chances and we did not take our chances.