Warnock praises young Palace star after debut goal

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Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has praised Sullay Kaikai after the youngster scored on his debut in last night's Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle.

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."

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