Sunday 22 September 2019

Yannick Bolasie hails Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew for improved goal tally

Yannick Bolasie is feeling confident after scoring two goals against Newcastle
Yannick Bolasie is feeling confident after scoring two goals against Newcastle

Yannick Bolasie is delighted to have already equalled his last season's goal tally and believes Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew deserves all the credit.

The south London side thrashed Newcastle on Saturday, with the 5-1 win seeing the Eagles rise to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table.

Bolasie netted twice in the comprehensive win, taking him to four overall - the same tally he managed over the whole of the 2014/15 campaign.

"I don't have a total (in mind) but I think the improvements you see - four goals last season and four goals already this season," Bolasie said.

"You don't just build a player overnight, everything has to come gradually.

"I don't think people really expect it. I wasn't really in the box last season but this season I am in the box a lot more, I am picking up little scraps and so far I have got goals off scraps.

"I think it's all down to the gaffer and what he does in training and you can see it in the boys."

After the disappointing loss to Sunderland on Monday, Palace were keen to move on and give something back to the supporters.

"It was a great result for the team," Bolasie said. "It was good to bounce back from Monday's result.

"Today is obviously encouraging for us and we will move on straight away to focus on Everton next week.

"In football, I think it is how you bounce back and you could say the attackers on Monday were a bit disappointed.

"Today more than made up for Monday, but the game is gone today and we have to look forward to Everton.

"It's done a lot for confidence and we play Everton next week, who are another team who we normally have good games against, but every season is different so that will be another tough game for sure."

Bakary Sako is out of the clash with a hamstring injury and Wilfried Zaha is suspended, but Bolasie is not concerned about the strength in depth.

"It's tough right now but hopefully someone like Chungy (Lee Chung-yong) can come in and step up to the plate and that's the reason why we have such a good squad.

"You think of the players who have been left out, like Frazer Campbell, Jordan Mutch, so there are still players who can come in and do a good job."

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