Loan sign­ing Palmer de­lighted to make an in­stant im­pact for City

Bristol Post - - SPORT - Gregor MACGREGOR [email protected]­

KASEY Palmer couldn’t stop smil­ing after his ter­rific start for the Robins on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Just min­utes after com­ing on to the pitch, the Chelsea loa­nee had scored the win­ning goal against Bolton and was slid­ing on his knees in front of the South Stand.

That’s some turn­around after the at­tack­ing mid­fielder was hav­ing some ‘ban­ter’ with those same fans a few months ago when Black­burn Rovers were beaten 4-1 at Ash­ton Gate.

Fol­low­ing the game, the new Bris­tol City sign­ing spoke to the press about his goal cel­e­bra­tions and be­ing con­stantly in touch with fel­low loa­nee Tammy Abra­ham. “That’s the main fans, ain’t it? The diehards. Thought I’d go and cel­e­brate my first goal with them,” ex­plained Palmer who was quickly be­ing ser­e­naded by Sec­tion 82 after com­ing on to the pitch.

“It def­i­nitely went in, I didn’t think he was go­ing to give it.

“I looked at the lines­man, looked at the ref and then he looked at his watch and gave it,” ex­plained the 22-year-old of his goal.

The su­per-sub who linked up so well with Matty Tay­lor in the sec­ond half of the win over Bolton ex­plained what Bris­tol City need to do as they join the hunt for a top-six place, with the Robins just two points away from a play-off posi- tion. “It’s im­por­tant we fo­cus on our­selves and keep the run go­ing,” he said.

“If you win a few you can go up to fifth or sixth, but if you lose a few you can drop down to mid-ta­ble. We’ve got to keep go­ing, bounce back if we get any de­feats and it’s a long sea­son still. They’ll be lots of chop­ping and chang­ing from now to the end.”

Palmer also ex­plained that Chelsea pal and for­mer Bris­tol City loan star Tammy Abra­ham has been con­stantly tex­ting him since the move to the West Coun­try ma­te­ri­alised. “I just checked my phone and he’s mes­saged me,” he ex­plained. “We’ll see, we’ll see (if he can repli­cate Abra­ham). I’m not say­ing I’m gonna score as many as Tammy though! I’ll try to do my best. I spoke to him quite a lot over the last week and we’ll be in con­tact, es­pe­cially to­day.”

And the door is def­i­nitely ajar if things work out over the longer term. “Yeah, there might have been some dis­cus­sions, I’m not too sure. For now, it’s just a loan un­til the end of the sea­son.”

Asked if he could see him­self stay­ing longer than the rest of this sea­son at City, Palmer said: “One hun­dred per cent, I don’t see why not. It’s a big club with am­bi­tions to be in the Premier League.”

Pic­ture: Ro­gan Thom­son/JMP

Kasey Palmer cel­e­brates his goal

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