Date of publication: Monday, 24 December 2018 8:10
Andros Townsend felt he had almost completed the impossible after helping Crystal Palace defeat Manchester City with a stunning goal.
The Palace wing attacked with a ferocious volley – measured 29 meters away by TV stations – when Palace came from behind to claim a 3-2 clash over the champion at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
It was a completely unexpected result, and Townsend could barely explain.
"I said before that Man City is probably the team of our generation," said the 27-year-old.
"I've never played against a team as good as they do, especially at home, and it's impossible to get the ball out of them.
"We knew that if we got anything, it would have to be a perfect disciplined performance and would take us to three points needed."
City took the lead through Ilkay Gundogan but the Palace surprised the hosts with a quick response, Jeffrey Schlupp discovered and tied the match and then Townsend shot forward.
The ball fell to Townsend, when City failed to clear an indent effectively and he picked sweetly with his left foot.
Townsend said, "Having watched back, it's probably the cleanest of my careers and probably the best. It sat up well for me and as soon as he left my foot, I knew I had a chance.
The visitors added a third with a penalty of Luka Milivojevic and remained despite Kevin De Bruyne's fortuitous late reply.
The Palace have lost five of their last six away games, but the victory came after last week's win over Leicester, lifting them to 14th place in the Premier League.
Townsend said, "In the first place, we can not let ourselves be carried away. We had results like this in the past and then in the next game we lost.
"We have to start thinking about Cardiff and follow this performance with three more points, or this result means nothing."
City have been behind the Liverpool leader by four points, but Palace president Roy Hodgson expects them to recover quickly.
Hodgson, a former Liverpool manager, said: "Pep Guardiola is a very smart guy. They did not reach those four points, but he knows there are 20 matches remaining and one of them will be against Liverpool.
"I do not think he's going to worry about it and he'll know that no matter how Liverpool plays, they'll come up against a game like this.
"They will go somewhere and someone will defeat them against the odds. Someone will upset them. There is still a long way to go.