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Pardew: He Will Be A Great Asset For Us

22 August 2015

Alan Pardew praised winning goal scorer Bakary Sako after he completed his home debut with the vital finish to give Palace all three points against Aston Villa.  

"He will be a real asset for us, he's announced himself today in no uncertain manner.


"Once he got it on to his left foot I was actually quite confident that he would find the corner because in training he's been hitting that with real venom."


The home side thought they were ahead earlier in the game but the effort from Dwight Gayle was ruled out as it gone in off James McArthur and Alan had no objection to the decision. 

"I thought the linesman and the referee made a really good call there. Not often I say that, he made a great call. I said to him 'why didn't you flag straight away?' and he replied 'I wasn't sure if it hit him'. So, spot on."


Sako got his starting eleven place because fellow winger Yannick Bolasie flew home to Congo on Friday after receiving the news that his father had passed away. Alan now wants Yannick to spend as much time as is needed with his family following this sad news. 

"I'm not putting him under any pressure to come back, that's just about him and his family and when he feels comfortable. I couldn't care less if he takes three weeks.  It's not easy losing your father."

The manager reflected on the double change he made at the break when he didn't feel the pattern of the game was suiting Glenn Murray and Wilf Zaha.

"I thought they both did okay, Glenn and Wilf, but the system didn't suit them. I was pleased with Jordon and Dwight, I thought they both did really well in the second half".




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