Bolasie's top goal

Palace can push promotion rivals all the way, says Bolasie

Last Updated: 02/03/13 12:11pm

Winger Yannick Bolasie told Soccer AM there's no reason why Crystal Palace can't close the gap on Championship leaders Cardiff and secure promotion to the Premier League.

"When I heard that Holloway was coming in it was a buzz because he wanted me a couple of times before I came to Palace."

Yannick Bolasie

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Bolasie scored the only goal as Palace beat Derby on Friday to move to within seven points of the Bluebirds, who have played two games fewer than their London rivals.

Palace sit fourth ahead of Saturday's fixtures but Bolasie, who was replaced by Kevin Phillips after 73 minutes against the Rams, insists that neither he nor the team is getting carried away with their strong showing.

Encouraged

"Kevin is just a legend - I'm honoured to play with him," Bolasie told Soccer AM. "I wouldn't be surprised if he came on yesterday and scored. That's what he does. He just comes and ends teams.

"I've definitely learnt a lot from him. He's encouraged me to run in behind. The first time I ran in behind yesterday I got in and scored, so it's good advice!

"I was relieved because I've had a little bit of a goal drought, so when I scored I was like 'yes, they can put it on Soccer AM tomorrow!

"I worry about my performance levels. So long as I perform at a high level then points should come really. That's what the team do as well - that's what the manager says, so we try to avoid looking at the table but it's normal for a human to look at the table and see where we are.

"It has always been game-by-game. So yesterday we beat Derby. I always say on Twitter that until the next game is done I don't think about who we have got next Saturday."

Enthusiasm

Bolasie signed a three-year deal with Palace last August, only to see his gaffer move to Bolton in October.

"As a football player I was gutted because he was the manager that signed me," said Bolasie. "He gave me confidence as well. He took me out of Bristol City.

"When you don't know what manager is coming in you think 'here we go again, something can happen where you might not end up playing.

"But when I heard that Holloway was coming in it was a buzz because he wanted me a couple of times before I came to Palace.

"He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the changing room. He does stuff that gets everyone happy. When you see he's happy, I think everyone else is because of what he's been through in his life."