Crystal Palace wonder winger Yannick Bolasie was in buzzing mood after his man of the match performance helped see of the wingless Seagulls at Selhurst Park.
Bolasie was at the heart of everything Palace did in seeing off bitter Championship rivals Brighton 3-0 – starting with being too quick for defender Lewis Dunk.
The Brighton defender was sent off as the last man, and with 80 minutes still to go, Bolasie was able to enjoy the freedom of Selhurst Park to wreak havoc.
But the 23-year-old was also quick to praise his partner in crime Wilfried Zaha as being responsible for creating more space for him, just by being on the pitch.
“That was my best performance for Crystal Palace. I am playing regularly and that is all I ever wanted to do and Palace have given me the chance to play and I am returning the favour by showing people what I can do,” Bolasie said.
“The goals will come, I am not stressing about that. Ian Holloway likes his wingers and you’ll find that they score goals in his teams.
“There is a great atmosphere in the dressing room, everyone is really buzzing. But we’re wise enough to keep our feet on the ground. Yes, we’re top at the moment, but anything can happen.”
Bolasie heralded his former boss at Plymouth Argyle, Paul Mariner, for developing his direct style of play, but admitted that Zaha’s trickery is beginning to rub off on him too.
He said: “Direct is my style, but I have watched Wilf a few times so I occasionally dwell on the ball. he attracts a lot of players so I get a lot of space, which is only going to help me and the team. But playing with him is great, he’s mercurial, Wilf is Wilf.
“I might start getting the heavy attention he gets, and a lot of people underestimate the strength that I have because I am quite slim, but they get a shock out on the pitch.”
Palace returned to the top of the Championship table for 24 hours before Cardiff City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Bolasie said: “Yes, we’re top at the moment but we always go game by game and keep our feet on the ground and see what happens because not everything always goes your way.
“The players are confident, but we’re level-headed. We’re keeping our feet on the ground and whatever we do, we do as team.”
Palace host Ian Holloway’s former employers Blackpool this weekend.