By Richard Clarke
Robin van Persie believes Saturday's scorcher at The Valley was the best goal of his career.
Four minutes after the interval the Dutchman settled a tight London derby by sending a vicious volley past Scott Carson from Emmanuel Eboue's pinpoint cross.
"I have seen the goal on TV and yes it was my best goal," said Van Persie afterwards. "Before that there was the goal against Blackburn but now there is this one.
"It was a fantastic cross and there was a little bit of a curve at the end. When I saw the ball coming to me I was just focused on one thing - hit it straight and in the heart of the ball. When I did that I thought I had put it a bit high. I thought at first the ball would go over the bar. At the end it came just under the bar.
"It was a fantastic goal but it was important as well. That is my feeling about today. Liverpool lost 2-0 and Chelsea dropped some points as well. It was a great goal but it was important for the team."