After putting in a man-of-the-match display against Liverpool this afternoon, Yannick Bolasie has described this week as 'the best of his life'.
Having helped the Democratic Republic of Congo qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations by scoring his first two international goals, he raced back to England to play a key role in the Eagles' brilliant 3-1 victory against Liverpool this afternoon.
The winger was at his unplayable best today, setting up two of Palace's goals and playing a starring role as Neil Warnock's side moved out of the relegation zone by clinching their first win in six games.
After he game, Bolasie said: “I think it's been the best week of my life so far, obviously qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations and scoring two goals in that game, and then today which was a great team effort.
“I just wanted to play because I had a good feeling as I'd done well against Liverpool last season and it's turned out that way as we've won today.
“That will help the team's confidence - looking at the table before the game it didn't look very nice but we dug deep today and credit to the boys we got the result at the end of it.”
Bolasie was handed his man-of-the match trophy from skipper Mile Jedinak who put the exclamation point on a fine afternoon by rattling in a 30-yard free-kick with 10 minutes to play to seal the win, and he was full of praise for his troops after the full-time whistle.
The Aussie said: “It's a massive win and we needed that big time. The boys knew it was going to be a difficult game but they were first class especially the boys up top – Yannick, Gayley, Cham and Punch caused mayhem and that what we wanted, plus we kept it tight at the back after the goal so we're ecstatic with that.
“We've been thrown different obstacles this season and to lose a goal so early we could have just put our heads down, but the positivity, the fight and the willingness was first class and I can't thank all the boys enough for really digging in in a tough game.”
On his fabulous free-kick, Jedinak revealed that he was second-choice to take the kick but was delighted with the outcome as he bagged his his fourth goal in eight games.
“To be honest I wasn't even sure I was going to take it, Gayley put it down and I said 'I'll have a go' and he looked at me with bemusement,” he added. “But I just felt something and luckily it went in. I'm just grateful we won the game today because we can have a bit of a sigh of relief now.”