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Crystal Palace star targets more goals after recent three

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PALACE centre-back Scott Dann has insisted getting a hat-trick wasn't his top priority after he had grabbed Palace's first two goals against Dover Athletic on Sunday.

Dann, who only scored his first goal of the season recently against Southampton, got the ball rolling with a close range finish before sending a powerful header home from a corner.

And the 27-year-old says he wants to find the back of the net more regularly in the Premier League now until May.

"I had a few more chances after the first two, getting my head on one or two, but I was obviously delighted to get a couple to help the team out," Dann told the Advertiser.

"It's something I want to do a bit more. I thought the delivery from out wide was spot on – Barry Bannan's is always great – and I thought it was put on a plate.

"I wasn't thinking too much about scoring a hat-trick, but near the end we had a corner and I said to Damien Delaney to try and block off my marker.

"It was just nice to score two goals but the main thing was to get the win and a thorough performance.

"I am hoping to score a few more from now until the end of the season. I probably should have scored with one chance before I scored by second.

"If the balls come into the box like Barry Bannan's delivery, then myself and the other lads need to make sure we get on the end of them."

Dann hailed the performance against Palace's FA Cup opponents, describing it as "professional" and says the squad wanted to show new manager Alan Pardew what they could do.

"I just felt from the very whistle we showed what we're about," he said.

"We could have scored inside the first minute when Glenn Murray had a header at the back post, and having the new manager coming in, players who haven't been playing recently put in a good performance.

"They showed what they could do, but the way we passed the ball was really good at times. It was a professional performance."

By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)

Crystal Palace star targets more goals after recent three


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