Heading into Crystal Palace’s match against Sunderland, Yannick Bolasie had only scored once all season long.
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Then in the second half, Bolasie exploded for three goals in ten minutes, becoming the first Crystal Palace player to bag a hat-trick in the Premier League.
After the match, the Congolese winger said the extra work manager Alan Pardew puts in on the training ground has helped him gain more confidence on the pitch.
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That is what the manager has been demanding from me. He has been on to me in the last couple of weeks to try to score more goals and wanting them in training, too.
Everything just came together against Sunderland. He has been putting me right in the middle of sessions, even doing the lay-ups for me, and it has been good.
He has put sessions on that have been specially for the strikers, we go off and do our thing with him and the defenders do their own session together.”
As Crystal Palace has won five of six in the league and climbed to 11th on the table, it is clear that the players have responded to Alan Pardew after his appointment in January. But hearing about the work he puts in with the players in practice, even taking part in drills at the age of 53, shows how much Pardew cares about the product he puts on the pitch.
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For Bolasie, Pardew’s work on the training ground could end up earning him a big pay day. The 25-year-old winger has been impressive, using his tremendous pace and clever footwork to embarrass defenders all season long. Clubs will surely come calling for his services this summer, but Selhurst Park has been a good place for Bolasie and it seems he loves playing for Pardew.
His play has even earned him the respect of one of the best in the business.
@YannickBolasie great performance bro keep up the good work âš½ï¸âš½ï¸âš½ï¸— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) April 11, 2015