Bolasie: There is more to come

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Hat-trick hero Yannick Bolasie is confident there are more goals to come after writing himself into Crystal Palace’s history books.

The 25-year-old became the first man to register a Barclays Premier League treble for the Eagles in Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Sunderland, a win which eased the club past the 40-point mark and all but mathematically assured them of a place in next season’s top flight.

Bolasie had managed just a single league goal all season before his trip to Wearside, but is determined to add to his tally before the end of the campaign after answering Pardew’s call to find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

He told the club’s official website, “It’s frightening, actually. I haven’t scored as many goals as I’ve wanted to this season, hitting the crossbar, post, and today I have scored three in 10 minutes – how’s that for football?

“You have got to enjoy moments like this, they don’t come around often. Hopefully they will in the future – that’s my aim.

“The gaffer has been on to me about getting more goals, and today I have taken a step in the right direction, hopefully.”

Palace went into the game at the Stadium of Light on the back of three successive victories, but there was little indication of what lay in store during a scrappy first half.

The game exploded into life after the break as the visitors took it by the scruff of the neck within 17 minutes of re-emerging from the tunnel.

Glenn Murray headed them in front from Bolasie’s deflected 48th-minute cross, but it was then that the DR Congo international, who had been asked to play a central role alongside Murray, took over.

He held off defender Santiago Vergini to stab home Murray’s 51st-minute knock-down and then out-paced John O’Shea three minutes later to double his tally, completing his hat-trick inside 11 minutes with a scrambled finish after Murray had robbed the unfortunate O’Shea.

Connor Wickham’s late strike reduced the deficit, but not the level of satisfaction within the Palace camp.

Asked if it had been the club’s best performance since its return to the Premier League, Bolasie said: “I think there have been a lot of good performances, to be fair.

“I can’t think off the top of my head, but the fact that we have got four wins in a row… I think last year, we had five straight wins in a row as well – hopefully we can beat that.”

Pardew’s men entertain West Brom next Saturday when victory could lift them into the top half of the table, and that would represent a remarkable achievement for a club which had collected just 17 points from 20 games when the 53-year-old took charge, but has amassed a further 25 from the 12 since.

Sunderland have no fixture at the weekend because of the FA Cup semi-finals, and that may prove a blessing for head coach Dick Advocaat, who admitted his shock at their capitulation just six days after a deserved derby victory over Newcastle.

They remain three points clear of the drop zone, but are now only four off the bottom and with just six games remaining, that is far too close for comfort.

Advocaat said: “I don’t want to find excuses and I don’t do that. I knew when I started that it would be very difficult, but still had the hope that we could do something.

“We have still six games to go, so at the end, all those teams who don’t get the points will go down. But we still can do it and we have to try to get the confidence back after today.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a game next week, but we don’t have other players. We have to do it with this squad, and we will do.”

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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