Dwight Gayle receives praise on Twitter from Crystal Palace teammates

Crystal Palace beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon and Kwesi Appiah were both quick to praise Dwight Gayle on Twitter after the striker netted a hat-trick against Charlton Athletic on Wednesday night. 

Gayle has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season, but he was handed a start by Alan Pardew in midweek and made a point in spectacular fashion.

The 24-year-old scored his first two goals from the penalty spot, before heading home a late set-piece to round off the victory.

It was a fine performance from the front-man, who now has eight goals in his last four appearances in the Capital One Cup. 

His exploits were the talk of Selhurst Park after the match, and Puncheon and Appiah were quick to congratulate their teammate on social media once the final whistle had been blown.

Whether Gayle has now done enough to earn a starting place in the Premier League remains to be seen, though, as Pardew has experimented with his front-line so far this term. 

Palace have utilised Bakary Sako and Wilfried Zaha up front, but neither have been particularly impressive as the number nine and it could be that Gayle has forced his way into the reckoning now. 

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