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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Sako happy to get off the mark

Bakary Sako celebrates his goal against Aston Villa
Bakary Sako celebrates his goal against Aston Villa

Bakary Sako was thrilled with the debut goal which earned Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Sako, a free transfer arrival from Wolves, struck three minutes from time at Selhurst Park.

"I'm really happy to start here with that game, especially as I got the whole 90 minutes, we got the three points and I got one goal. It's a dream day for me - I'm buzzing," Sako said on

"I knew before the goal came that I was going to hit it so I was confident and very happy that it went in.

"Since I was young I've had a powerful left foot and that has helped me to score plenty of goals and get some assists."

Scott Dann's opener was cancelled out by a Papa Souare own goal before Sako's late intervention, which stifled any debate surrounding another controversial offside decision, when Dwight Gayle had a strike ruled out after it ricocheted in off James McArthur.

"The most important thing was the three points," Sako added.

"The whole team wasn't playing well during the first half but we tried to correct some of those mistakes in the second half and we did brilliantly to get our first goal.

"Even after they scored we got back into our shape and went on to score another good goal.

"It's very good to get six points out of nine so we've got to keep looking forward to get more points and working hard to get to where we want to go."

Palace next play Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup before facing Chelsea, the Premier League champions, next weekend.

Villa will hope to bounce back from a second straight loss against Notts County in the League Cup before facing Sunderland in the league.

Ciaran Clark and boss Tim Sherwood tried to accentuate the positives.

"We were the better side first half. We had a lot of the ball," Clark told

"That was the plan. Second half it was a different story. They came out and were flying.

"They had a couple of chances and were putting us under a lot of pressure.

"We did really well to pull it back and with a couple of minutes to go it was just one of those things.

"We'll learn from that and we'll move on to the next game. That's all we can do."

Playmaker Jack Grealish returned for Villa and was bright in a much-changed side.

"It's good to have Jack back, he can unlock the door in behind from the midfield," Sherwood said.

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