If you ever in any doubt over the depth of Wilfried Zaha’s dislike for Brighton & Hove Albion, the video attached below removes any room for uncertainty.
Whether you are looking back on this goal in our 3-1 triumph over the Seagulls back in 2011 of his brace on the same ground in 2013 which saw us seal a place at Wembley for the play-off final, Wilf’s rise has been entwined with the south coast outfit for the majority of his professional career.
Players who arrive at the club from further afield may struggle to quickly get their head around the reasons for our mutual hatred of one another but as a local lad who has been part of the club’s academy since childhood, Wilfried knew exactly what it meant to grab the equaliser at The Amex back in 2011, as shown by his celebrations (with both his teammates and Dougie Freedman) on the night.
Typecast by the majority of the Brighton fan-base as a petulant diver, (simply because he’s too talented for their defenders to stop) Zaha has been on the receiving end of plenty of stick over the years, making his comments in the video above both true and totally justifiable from his personal perspective.
Fans of a certain vintage will immediately remember Brighton boss Gus Poyet proclaiming that Will Buckley was better than the Palace academy man when the two clubs were locked in a battle for a play-off place; an incident that showed how pathetically obsessed the Seagulls are with the winger’s reputation as one of the game’s most exciting talents.
We have no way of knowing how the two clashes between the sides are likely to pan out this season but one thing is for sure, Wilfried Zaha is 100% ready to re-light the blue touch paper.