Roy Hodgson talked up the Tuesday night contributions of Bakary Sako in attack ahead of Palace’s trip to Leicester City this weekend, hailing the forward’s persistence to score the Eagles’ first goal.
Sako, a second half substitute, impressed against the Hornets, causing problems out on the left and through the centre with his skill, strength and speed, before prodding home the equaliser with a minute of the 90 left to play.
His performance saw him come second in the club’s official Man of the Match vote and led the manager to praise his recent progress.
“Bakary scored a good goal the other night because he followed the ball in,” Roy said, during his pre-Leicester press conference.
“We haven't been doing that as well as we would like, it's something that we preach but may not always produce, but he did. He followed the shot in and when the goalkeeper couldn't hold it he scored from the rebound, that's something alone which we find very positive.
“He's improved in terms of understanding what we require from him as a centre forward - or as a top forward. He's one of the players who has improved the most over the last couple of months. He’s getting closer and closer - and that puts the front players under more pressure. I'm certainly not afraid to use him, I wasn't the other night and it didn't surprise me that he came on and scored a goal. I know that he can score goals.”
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