Substitute Cameron Jerome thought he’d made it 2-2 when he stretched his boot up for an acrobatic overhead shot that flew into the net in the 74th – only for referee Simon Hooper to whistle for his foot being too high.
“That’s frustrating, especially after I had such a great start”.
“We played very well in the first half, the game was under control and the players were playing with more and more confidence”, he said.
The 22-year-old opened his and Crystal Palace’s Premier League account for the 2015-16 campaign with a 39th minute opener to put the Eagles in front at Norwich City on Saturday.
Bolasie joined the Eagles from Bristol City in 2012 when they were in the Championship and has gone on to play 112 games for the South London club, scoring seven goals in the process, including a stunning 11-minute hat-trick against Sunderland in April.
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Bakary Sako on a three-year deal following the expiration of his contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
I understand Norwich’s frustration. However, this will be a huge step for him, but he still has a lot of Premier League quality in the squad, who can stay up. “We have to improve on that and I don’t think a couple of decisions went our way as well”.
Manager Alex Neil is hoping for the best with regards to their promotion to England’s top-tier competitions and the match against West Ham is an indication that they can hold their own against resident Premier League teams.
He said: “We had enough chances, certainly in the first 30 minutes, but at this level it is about turning that dominance into goals, and when you do not do that you will get punished at times, which is what happened”.
Alex Neil then introduced Jerome and Redmond, and the latter brought Norwich back into the game with a 20-yard daisy-cutter that nestled in the bottom-left corner.
“I think Chamakh is the one we need to protect because he got re-injured a couple of times last season. We scored with the last kick of the game; there’s no doubt it flattered us”.
He said: “I have told myself that I have to get goals and there is no reason I can not do that”.
Norwich looked stunned after going behind and almost lost another goal a moment later when Jordan Mutch forced a good stop from Ruddy with a powerful drive.