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Bolasie Picks His Highlights Of The Season

23 April 2015


It's been an eventful season for Yannick Bolasie.

The Eagles winger has played under three managers, scored his first Premier League goal, languished in the relegation zone, pushed for mid-table, represented the Democratic Republic of Congo at AFCON and then became the first Crystal Palace player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

Having experienced so much and enjoyed so many milestones this campaign, the 25-year-old winger took some time out to reflect on some of his stand out memories of the season, as it comes towards the end.

His funniest moment of the campaign came against Sunderland, at Selhurst Park, when a wayward shot earned him some stick in the dressing room.

 “Against Sunderland, at the start of the season, I shot and it went out for a throw in! All the boys were getting on to me about that," he laughed.

Understandably, the winger's favourite goal came against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light, where he hit three of his four league goals this season.

“It’s got to be the lob versus Sunderland. Pantilimon’s a great goalkeeper and he’s six foot five, but that was just pure instinct. I think he thought I was going to go low, like the first one, but I just lobbed it over his head," he said.

The travelling Palace fans sang that the winger "scores all the time" following his treble on Wearside, which amused him.

“I was just trying to concentrate on the game. The Palace fans always come up with something crazy and it’s what I expect from them!" He laughs.

Despite the hat-trick, the songs and the 4-1 scoreline, Bolasie did suggest another game would compete with the Sunderland victory for his favourite of the season.

“I enjoyed the hat-trick at Sunderland. Performance-wise I’d say, I think I enjoyed the Everton away game. To get that first Premier League goal was a dream come true, a real dream come true. I had been waiting for that a whole year, because I didn’t score last season, so that game was brilliant."

He faced one of the toughest opponents he has come across in that game at Everton, Seamus Coleman, though he admitted that he enjoys the challenge of playing against Premier League players.

“There’ve been some good players I’ve played against. Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are up there. I like Seamus Coleman as well. I enjoy the challenge. I’ve not come from the bottom to the top for no reason, I enjoy playing against those guys," he insisted.

One player who caused Palace problems was Queens Park Rangers' Matt Phillips, who thundered a long-range effort beyond Julian Speroni in the 3-1 home win. 

Bolasie admitted that Phillips' strike was the best, when asked for his choice for Goal of the Season, saying: “Matt Phillips. Yaya Toure’s one as well and the one at the weekend (Gardner for West Bromwich Albion). 

"Out of the three I’d say Matt Phillips. It was so far out. You’ve got no right to shoot from there, to be honest."

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