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Yannick Bolasie vows to hit hot streak for high-flying Crystal Palace

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace

Hat-trick hero Yannick Bolasie is confident there are more goals to come after writing himself into Crystal Palace's history books.

The 25-year-old became the first man to register a Premier League treble for the Eagles in Saturday's 4-1 victory at Sunderland, a win which eased the club past the 40-point mark and all but assured them of a place in next season's top flight.

Bolasie had managed just a single league goal all season before his trip to Wearside, but is determined to add to his tally before the end of the campaign after answering Pardew's call to find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

He said: "It's frightening. I haven't scored as many goals as I've wanted to this season, hitting the crossbar, post, and here I have scored three in 10 minutes.

"You have got to enjoy moments like this, they don't come around often. Hopefully they will in the future - that's my aim."

The game exploded into life after the break as the visitors took it by the scruff of the neck within 17 minutes of the restart.

Glenn Murray headed them in front from Bolasie's deflected 48th-minute cross, but it was then that the DR Congo international, who had been asked to play a central role alongside Murray, took over.

He held off defender Santiago Vergini to stab home Murray's 51st-minute knock-down and then out-paced John O'Shea three minutes later to double his tally, completing his hat-trick inside 11 minutes with a scrambled finish after Murray had robbed the unfortunate O'Shea.

Connor Wickham's late strike reduced the deficit, but not the level of satisfaction at Palace.

Asked if it had been the club's best performance since their return to the Premier League, Bolasie said: "I can't think off the top of my head, but we have got four wins in a row... last year, we had five straight wins in a row - hopefully we can beat that."

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