Without a goal in five games beforehand, the classy striker rediscovered his scoring touch and bought his season's tally up to 12. But Fredi was not about to bask in any Cup glory and instantly turned his mind to the challenge of overcoming Birmingham - who registered an impressive 4-0 win over Blackburn on Saturday.
"It is good to be back winning and it is good for the confidence, but now all we should have in our minds is the league game against Birmingham," stated Fredi, who agreed that the outcome of the third round tie does provide a boost after recent results..
"That's right, but I don't think we were lacking in confidence completely because everybody in the team is focused and nobody backs out when we are on the pitch. Even in the last game, when we lost, everybody fought hard.
"We have lost games and had a bad time, but everybody is fighting hard."
Hat-trick man Fredi Kanoute's first thoughts after the FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace centred on the pending Premiership date with Birmingham City on Wednesday.