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Brunt's drive, after Bojan Jorgacevic had spilled David Healy's delivery from the right, then cannoned wide off Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
The home fans reckoned the ball had cannoned off Sean Lamont and their frustration deepened when Priestland kicked a towering touchline conversion to make it 14-3.
The England forward duly converted a ninth league goal of a productive campaign by tapping in Ashley Cole's cross with home players in uproar that the full-back had been waved on after the ball cannoned up kindly on to his arm from Rafael van der Vaart's attempted tackle.
In ANY other country in the world the protestors would have been water cannoned, tear gassed, charged, batoned, kicked etc.
The visitors came agonisingly close to taking the lead soon after when an excellent free-kick from Lawrence was met by Pearce whose looping header cannoned off the post before Palace managed to clear.
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