Neil Warnock gave one of Palace's young stars the chance to impress late on against Newcastle last night, and 19-year-old Sullay Kaikai took his chance with both hands.
The attacking-midfielder made his debut with ten minutes remaining as the Eagles trailed 2-1, and he sent the game into extra-time following a strike in the dying minutes of the game.
The Magpies advanced into the next round as a result of Paul Dummett's winner in the 112th minute but Warnock was pleased with what he saw from Kaikai.
“I’ve only seen him a couple of times, but I’d just felt we’d nothing to lose,” the Eagles boss was quoted as saying by London 24.
“He scored a couple of good ‘uns in the week I came in another game. He’s always likely to score a goal. If young lads do well they deserve a chance.
“We can’t get carried away with it all just yet, he’s very young and working hard in our set-up. But it’s great for him to have a chance and to take that opportunity.”
Kaikai revealed that he had dreamt of scoring on his debut "a million times" and he will hope to feature for the first-team once again after making the most of his opportunity last night.
“I can’t really describe how I feel, I am just buzzing and happy I got a good connection on the ball,” KaiKai told the Croydon Advertiser.
“Luckily it fell back to me and I just concentrated on hitting it as hard as I could into the ground.
“Thankfully the first connection was good and the second fell nicely and I took it.
“I have dreamt of doing that a million times, making my debut and scoring on it. I just couldn't describe it when it happened."