After finally ending his Selhurst drought, Yannick Bolasie was thrilled to score and help his side beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in SE25 this afternoon.
The winger hadn’t found the net in the league for the Eagles since New Year’s Day 2013 in a Championship game against Wolves, but his diving header from a fine Yohan Cabaye cross ensured his next Selhurst strike would prove crucial.
Cabaye added a late penalty to secure the win which sees the Eagles go into third in the Premier League table, but Bolasie, who lost his father a couple of months ago, was delighted that he could get on the scoresheet so he could dedicate it to his dad, and feels there’s more goals to come.
On the game, he said: “I definitely think we deserved that. From the start of the game we controlled things but we just couldn’t get a breakthrough in the first half but as players we knew that it would eventually come.
“I’ve seen a couple of messages on Twitter saying that I hadn’t scored here in two years so I thought ‘you know what, I have to score’. That one was for my dad – I’m so proud.
“Yohan basically put the ball on a plate for me but if I’m not in the right place then I’m not going to score so I’ve been getting in the box a lot more in training and making it a habit because that’s where you score goals.”
The wing partnerships of Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha caused Tony Pulis’ side problems all afternoon, and the DR Congo international was full of praise for his partner in crime as he walked away with the man of the match award.
“Wilf today was unplayable and I thought it was there that everyone could see,” Bolasie added. “He’s won two penalties in two games so hopefully he can keep up his form. The competition is fierce, there’s a lot of players wanting to come in and impress the boss so everyone has to be on their toes.
“Third in the table sounds great but we know it’s early in the season. We just have to take things games by game and see where we go.”