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Allassani Pleased With First Team Chance

13 July 2015

Young winger Reise Allassani was in action for the Eagles' first team over the weekend, getting a run-out against Barnet at The Hive.

The 19-year-old came off the bench in Palace's opening pre-season friendly and scored, as Alan Pardew's men secured a 5-3 win over the Bees.

Asked how he found the experience after the victory, Allassani replied: "It was great! I've been waiting to get a chance in the first team for a little while and I thought I did all right when I came on. 

"It's always nice to get a goal," he added.

The Development squad star was pleased to be playing alongside the likes of Jason Puncheon, Fraizer Campbell and Dwight Gayle - who scored a hat-trick - but admitted that the standard is much higher than it is at youth level.

"The quality is so much higher than in the under-21s, they see things quicker and when they get the ball they're always looking out for you," he said.

The Academy graduate had spent the previous few days training with the first team up at St. George's Park, an experience he found tough but rewarding.

"It's been demanding," he said. "It's a much higher intensity, but it's been a good experience."

"I've been waiting for a chance and hopefully I took it, you always want to play in front of the first-team manager."

Allassani also spoke about his summer break, revealing that he went away with his family before focusing on maintaining his condition before the pre-season began. He has his sights set on a loan spell away from SE25 in order to further his development as a player, but admitted that a spot on the plane to South Africa later this month would be exciting.

"I went to Dubai with my family and spent a lot of time with my personal trainer, that's about it really!" He said, reflecting on his break.

"I'd like to go on loan and get a lot of games next season, if I could push on here and get around the first team that would be good, but the main aim's to go out on loan.

"I would love to [go to South Africa], but the squad's not been decided yet. The final decision will be up to the manager."

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