Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes the change in his squad, as well as the discipline of his charges, gave the Eagles a massive boost at the start of the 2020/21 season.
“We’ve got a stronger squad. Looking at the bench, there were some good players that had been kept out by the fact we had a good start," Hodgson told the club's official website.
"The guys who got in… have managed to keep their places.
“I think the team discipline, organisation and work rate is extremely important. Even on days when our passing and attacking play isn’t quite as good as it was today, we still stay in games and give ourselves a chance of getting some points.
“And I think the team spirit is very good – the guys know what they’ve got to do to climb up the table and they’re all determined I think to do that.”
“People tell me: ‘You’re ahead of Manchester City at the moment,’ but that doesn’t interest me.
"I’d like to be ahead of them at the end of the season but that’s another matter."