Crystal Palace star puts form down to much needed rest

Crystal Palace will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next month at Wembley.

Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie has explained how the rest given to him by manager Alan Pardew in midweek enabled him to perform as he did in their FA Cup semi-final victory over Watford on Sunday.

Bolasie told the South London Press: "I have played a lot of games and maybe I needed a rest. The rest during the week has helped because I was that little bit more fresh and anticipating everything."

The Congolese international told of how the team were made to watch Pardew's 1990 FA Cup semi-final goal before the game.

"It was very similar," he said. "But mine was better - because it was in HD."

Bolasie has scored six goals for Palace in 28 appearances this season and has impressed many with his direct style and electric pace.

He finished off by saying how he was happy to score in such a big game, but the team ethic is more important.

"To get off early doors only gives you confidence for the rest of the game," he said. "I am delighted to score but more important was to win and get to the FA Cup final. I’m delighted for myself and for the team."

The Eagles have struggled in the second half of the Premier League season, but a fantastic run in the FA Cup has taken them to the final, and that will surely give the squad a huge boost before they head to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United at the weekend.

The South London club can mathematically ensure their survival with a victory.

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