Conor Gallagher was left shocked when discovering how much distance he covered during Chelsea’s victory over Crystal Palace on Monday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat the beleaguered Eagles in dramatic fashion at Selhurst Park after coming from behind to win 3-1, with Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez both scoring in added time at the end of the second half.
Gallagher had earlier cancelled out Jefferson Lerma’s stunning opener for the hosts and it means he now has three goals in two games after previously enduring a 34-game goal drought.
Selhurst Park has become a happy hunting ground for the 24-year-old, with the midfielder scoring eight times during an impressive loan spell at Palace in 2021-22, before netting his first Chelsea goal there last season.
And, speaking to Sky Sports post-match, Gallagher reflected on the victory before he was informed about how far he ran during the victory.
‘When we scored early in the second half it was the thought we’ve got to go and win this now,’ he said.
‘It was getting later and later and my calves started to cramp up with a few minutes to go.
‘So to get that goal and then Enzo to get that one at the end is an amazing feeling and the lads were buzzing.’
Host Dave Jones then interjected and said: ‘Well I have a reason why your calves may have been cramping up. You ran 13km tonight. I think that’s the first time you’ve done that in the Premier League.’
Gallagher amusingly replied: ‘Wow, that’s far, init!
‘I always want to run as hard as I can for the team. It didn’t feel like I ran that far today because we had so much of the ball, but yeah I’m happy.’
The victory – which was Chelsea’s 13th in a row against Palace – took the Blues back into the top half and they are now just two points off the European places.
It builds upon their 3-1 FA Cup victory at Aston Villa last Wednesday as they look to turn the corner after what seemed to be this season’s nadir a week ago on Sunday when Pochettino’s side lost 4-2 to Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
They return to league action on Saturday when they travel to the Etihad to face Manchester City.