After hitting a hat-trick for the Eagles’ development side yesterday, Keshi Anderson credited Palace legend Mark Bright for helping him improve his game.
The January signing was on fire for the under-21s yesterday as he put Watford – a club he played for as a junior – to the sword with a fine treble, and the striker was a constant menace to the Hornets defence, something he has been working on after getting advice off one of the club’s favourite attackers.
“Today was one of my better performances,” Anderson said. “The one thing I needed to do better was to hold up the ball by jumping into defenders and getting physical because I’m only a small lad, and today I felt like I did what needed to be done.
“I’ve spoken to Mark Bright about it, he’s great because he speaks to us before and after games and he’ll tell me what I need to do as a striker and what I need to improve on, so I do listen to him and today it worked.”
Despite not being able to claim the match ball at under-21 level, Anderson took great pride in his goals and could have even claimed a fourth which looked like came off the striker but actually struck a Watford defender.
However he would later go on to fairly complete his hat-trick despite the game being played in torrential rain. It’s an afternoon he’ll look back fondly on.
“It’s probably my best game for the club so far,” the 20-year-old added. “It was against one of my former teams so I wanted to come out and do great things today and help my team. I did think about asking for the ball at the end but didn’t!
“I’d have to say I was happiest with my third where I managed to get in front of the defender and nick the ball into the far corner. Gary [Issott] always tells me to get across the front man and if I get a shot on target I’ll score so I was pleased with that one.
“I didn’t touch the one goal though; it came off a defender so I can’t claim that one! Normally I don’t really like playing in the rain but I enjoyed it today. It was good fun. “