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Bolasie Eyes Strong Finish

17 April 2014

Yannick Bolasie has targeted a strong end to the season after he played a key role in helping Palace secure their Premier League safety last night in the victory against Everton.

The win saw Tony Pulis' side move onto 40 points for the campaign after the winger terrorised the Toffees defence to help clinch the 3-2 victory with a man-of-the-match display, but despite achieving the points tally that was set out back in August he is continuing to look upwards.

With Manchester City and Liverpool still to visit Selhurst Park and London derbies against West Ham United and Fulham to come before the season's conclusion, Bolasie is aware that the Eagles will have a huge say on what happens at both ends of the table and is keen to finish strongly to reward the fans for their vocal support this campaign.

He said: “Getting to 40 points is a big achievement, especially looking at where we were in the league earlier in the season. I think we can be proud with what we've done so far but we've still got four games left and we want to do as well as possible and upset some of the bigger teams.

“Going to Everton and winning shows what we can do and when we played Manchester City away earlier in the season we were unlucky not to get a result there. We ended up losing 1-0 but we played and competed well.

“We've got to try and relish those games (Manchester City and Liverpool) as they're at home. Our fans will be buzzing and will be well up for it as well so hopefully we can put on a good show for them.

“Saturday is a local derby and even though we've picked up two wins already this week we're going there looking to get another. Obviously we respect West Ham as they're a good team but the boys will be looking to continue our winning run.”

The 24-year-old's form of late has been superb and he is beginning to show he possesses plenty of top-flight quality after admitting a slow start to the season, but is pleased to have hit his stride when it matters after receiving plenty of encouragement from Pulis.

“It's taken a while and I would have liked to have had this form earlier in the season but the fact that it has come now when we're close to confirming our Premier League status is a bonus,” he added. “I'm just happy that I'm playing games and the gaffer has had faith in me, and I'd also have to thank my team-mates because we all work hard and when you shine everyone else shines too.

“The manager has come in and done a brilliant job and as it stands his record is still standing in that he's never been relegated from the Premier League. He's been relentless with us and not given us any chance to slack off and the boys have taken well to that.

“He's made us really organised and hard to beat and as you can see the wingers are working much harder than they did at the start of the season, and it's a team game so if that has helped us get results then it's the best way forward.”

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