Palace’s former Hillingdon Borough player targets second win over Chelsea

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, who played for Hillingdon Borough as a teenager, believes his side are capable of surprising Chelsea again.

Bolasie was part of the Palace team which mortally wounded the Blues’ title hopes last season with a 1-0 victory in March.

An unfortunate own goal by John Terry may have proved the difference, but even Jose Mourinho conceded Palace deserved to win.

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And former West London Academy schoolboy Bolasie, 25, has warned lightning could strike twice when Chelsea return to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

He said: “Chelsea have made a good start to the season and have a top team with the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic.

“They have top players, but people forget we beat them last year. It was an own goal, but I feel we played very well on the day.”

Bolasie, whose brother Ruddock Yala is a former Harrow Borough player, scored his first Premier League goal in the 3-2 win at Everton last month and is keen to further enhance his reputation against Chelsea.

He added: “I want to challenge myself as a player by playing against this type of opposition, in the best league in the world and also show that I can cause problems.

“[Former manager] Tony Pulis’ advice had been drilled into the team and so his words continue to have an influence on me, but [current boss] Neil Warnock is slowly installing his style and ideas.

“I continue to enjoy every match and nerves aren’t an issue for me, as I started in non-League and have nothing to lose.”

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