Wednesday 22 February 2017

Bolasie's blitz adds to Sunderland woe

SUNDERLAND 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 4

DAMIAN SPELLMAN

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:30

Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their second goal against Sunderland
Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their second goal against Sunderland

Alan Pardew has challenged Yannick Bolasie to get among the goals more regularly after seeing him score the club's first Premier League hat-trick at Sunderland.

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The DR Congo international beat Black Cats 'keeper Costel Pantilimon three times inside 11 second-half minutes to add to Glenn Murray's opener as Palace roared to victory at the Stadium of Light.

They were Bolasie's first goals since September but Pardew is hopeful they will not be his last of the campaign.

Palace won the game in a chaotic 14-minute blitz at the start of the second half as Sunderland imploded.

Murray headed them in front from Bolasie's 48th-minute cross, but it was then that the DR Congo international took over, plundering a quickfire hat-trick as he tormented central defenders Santiago Vergini and John O'Shea. The Eagles have now claimed 25 of the 36 points they have contested since Pardew took the helm and sit in 11th place on 42, having effectively secured their top-flight status.

But if Palace can start planning for next season, Sunderland remain very firmly entrenched in another fight for top-flight survival, three points clear of the drop zone but just four off the bottom.

Asked if he was shocked by his side's tame surrender just six days after the derby victory over Newcastle, head coach Dick Advocaat said: "Yes - you can see what can change in six days' time and the good performance against Newcastle, and today, we were not in the game.

"There is no reason to become angry because if I want to become angry, there must be a need behind that. But they tried to do their best."

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