Kelly says first Crystal Palace goal down to shooting practice

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Defender Martin Kelly suggests that extra shooting practice in training helped him scored the winning goal for Crystal Palace against Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly has suggested to the club's official website that his winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur did not come as that much of a surprise to him.

 

Before yesterday's FA Cup clash at White Hart Lane, Kelly had scored just one goal in 114 appearances throughout his career, but he doubled that total with an excellent finish towards the end of the first half in North London.

 

That strike proved to be the difference as Palace secured a place in the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in over 20 years, but Kelly has revealed he has been working towards improving his ability in front of goal.

 

Kelly said: "In the past few weeks we've had a little bit of shooting practice after training," he said after the game. "I've been right up there involved when I've finished practising my defensive work and it paid off today!"

"It was a great pass from Wilf and I was probably only 10 or 15 yards out, if that, so I just thought if I hit it it's got a good chance of going in."

Goals in general have been a problem for Crystal Palace this season with their current top goalscorers of Yohan Cabaye, Wilfried Zaha and Scott Dann all having five goals apiece.

In total, 14 players have found the back of the net in all competitions, but goals from their forwards have been a rare occurrence and Kelly's effort was a welcome boost to Alan Pardew given Palace's poor recent results in the Premier League.

Palace will travel to Reading in the last eight.

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