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Dwight Delighted With Another Double

12 May 2014

Dwight Gayle was delighted to end the season on a high after netting his second successive brace for the Eagles in the 2-2 draw against Fulham.

The striker scored a goal in each half to twice put Palace in front before they were ultimately pegged back by the hosts, but after notching twice off the bench against Liverpool the previous Monday the former Peterborough United man is pleased he's signed off for the summer with a bang.

After the game at Craven Cottage, he said: "It's great to score the four goals and help the team out, I don't want the season to end! 

"It was nearly a hat-trick when Glenn's (Murray) shot just came off my knee and it went wide but that's the way it goes sometimes. I'm just happy to get the two and be out there playing.

"Obviously we would have liked to win the game as we were winning in the last minute but the most important thing this season was for us to stay up so it's been a very successful campaign and hopefully we can push on from here."

Having endured a frustrating few months with an ankle injury and not being named in the Eagles' line-up, the 24-year-old ended up finishing the season as the club's top scorer with eight goals to his name, seven in the Premier League.

The fact that he made only his eighth league start of the campaign against the Cottagers on Sunday makes his goalscoring feats all the more impressive, and finished the campaign with 25 appearances in his debut season at this level.

All in all he is pleased with his first taste of top-flight action, adding: "I was missing a lot of games and had a few injuries but it's been a great learning curve and I think things have worked out well for me.

"We believed we could stay up but obviously there was a little bit of nervousness in the back of your mind when we struggled early on but when Tony came in it gave us a confidence boost and that has helped massively.

"We're all together - the fans, the players and the manager. Everyone has joined together and that's what we needed to get out of the relegation zone."

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