On a day when Chelsea needed to sustain their lead at the top of the Premier League Palace came to Stamford Bridge and cut down their lead putting them to seven points behind a Tottenham that beat Burnley at their home.
Chelsea had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since 16 September, but it was a heavy blow for them today, as though the bridge at Stamford Bridge was going to collapse. Even the injury time that lasted for about 10 minutes was not enough for the league leaders to get a draw.
Conte’s men struck first, when Cesc Fabregas turned home Eden Hazard’s cross after five minutes, but they were quickly behind.
Wilfried Zaha turned to fire home from the edge of the box with a fine solo finish and, seconds later, set up Christian Benteke to put Palace ahead with a delicate dinked effort.
Chelsea heaped pressure on the visitors, but could find not find the net for a second time, Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey was on top of his game, making 11 saves in total to ensure his side won a fourth successive game.
The win must have proved bookmakers wrong particularly as it was at Stamford bridge.