Yohan Cabaye was the big buy of the summer for Crystal Palace and the French midfielder scored the only goal in Palace’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.
The fans at Selhurst Park were bundled up as the winds were blowing hard inside the stadium, but Palace did best in the difficult conditions and got the three points after a Cabaye goal in the 38th minute, a win that puts them in 6th place in the table, level on points with 5th-placed Tottenham.
“It was a difficult game but we did the job and we stayed in good shape to stay resolute and get the win,” Cabaye told cpfc.co.uk after the game. “Southampton have good quality in their team and at the end Wayne had to make some important saves. It’s always difficult when you’re just one nil up, but we stayed strong and solid and at the end we won which is the most important thing.”
Cabaye’s goal was his fifth of the season, and the Frenchman was pleased with the way the team played despite the difficult wind conditions.
“Even with the wind, I think we played good football today,” Cabaye said. “When my chance came I just tried to get in to the box and direct it on goal and luckily it went in.”
Southampton pushed forward in the second half, but Palace absorb the pressure and saw out the game for the win. Cabaye praised the work ethic of his teammates to see out the game.
“We had to make the effort and make the right choices at the right time as a team, because if one of us let our performance drop it would make it very difficult,” Cabaye said. “We stayed altogether and that’s why we stayed strong.”