Freedman hails quality Kuqi

Last updated : 06 December 2006 By Nik Taylor

Dougie Freedman has backed fellow striker Shefki Kuqi to build on his fine performance last weekend as Palace look to get their promotion bid back on track.

Kuqi was a pivotal figure on the 3-0 victory over QPR, scoring one and setting up another as Palace extended their unbeaten run to four matches.

It was a welcome relief for the £2.5 million frontman, who has endured a frustrating start to his Eagles career, and Freedman believes there is much more to come from the Finn.

"He's a big handful,” Freedman told the club site. “He's now getting fitter with the games he's played and it's just a matter of me trying to read what he's going to be doing and playing off him, so we need to try and make it work week in and week out.

"He has been frustrated because he hasn't been playing regularly, but now he's looking to have a little run of games in the team.

"He played 90 minutes (on Saturday) and he's getting fitter and stronger so if he can do that after one game, then after six games I feel people will be able to judge him and see the true Shefki."