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Townsend: A Great Day All Round

18 September 2016

Andros Townsend was thrilled to have opened his account for Crystal Palace, after bagging the fourth goal in the 4-1 hammering of Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.

The winger put in a Man of the Match performance as the Eagles blitzed the Potters in a thrilling encounter at Selhurst Park.

"It was a great day all round," Townsend told "We knew if we started quickly, like we did against Middlesbrough, we'd get some early goals - and it turned out that way. It turned out to be a great afternoon for us."

James Tomkins opened the scoring nine minutes into his first Premier League start for Palace, bundling Townsend's free kick in at the back post, before Scott Dann doubled the home side's advantage with a header from another set piece.

Palace played some exciting football and caused the visitors problems from the get go, much like they had away to Middlesbrough last time out, and Townsend was appreciative of the change in style, though added that the Eagles could still play a direct brand of football if required.

"We've got the option of route one football, because we've got Christian and he can deal with it," he said. "But we can also play through teams like we did today and cut teams open. It's good that we've got both options to use.

"I was brought to this club to contribute with goals and assists. I've been a little disappointed so far this season that I haven't been able to do that, but to get a goal and an assist in one game, I'm delighted with that. Hopefully I can keep that going in the next few games. Wilf got his goal and assist last game, today was my turn."

To watch a post-match video interview with Andros, Joe Ledley and the manager CLICK HERE.

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