Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised Sako afterwards: “Before this season he spent a lot of time on the bench and I don't quite know how many chances he's had, but he's obviously not done well enough in them to force himself into the team, but he has done very well recently for us.
"He would have played at any rate today because of the rate of injuries we've had, but in fact he was certainly in the team merit due to his last performances.
“It is very good that he could chip in with another good goal and I thought his first half performance was very good. In the second he and Benteke worked very hard to disturb their centre halves and limit the number of long balls that were flying into our back four.
Hodgson also spoke of the attacker's contract: “Contracts are being dealt with all the time but you have to be careful with them. It's pretty obvious that Bakary can sit back and see what he can do over the next month or so, knowing full well that if he continues playing as he is at the moment he's going to get a new contract without a shadow of a doubt."