For those of us inside Selhurst Park yesterday, Wilfried Zaha’s last-gasp equaliser was a truly magical experience but if you were unable to get to the game, there’s a good chance you will have been treated to the sight of Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson completely losing his head when the Ivory Coast international’s last minute strike found its way into the back of Joe Hart’s net.
— Alfie Sanger (@alfiesangerfs) October 28, 2017
To everyone inside the ground, Wilf’s point saving solo effort felt huge and clearly, based on “Tommo’s” reaction, he felt the same way. Regardless of our triumph over defending champions Chelsea a couple of weeks ago, I and I’m sure plenty of others felt as though a loss to Slaven Bilic’s Hammers yesterday would have represented a figurative death knell for our chances of survival this season, given the negative impact it would have had on team morale moving forward.
After a woeful first half in which the visitors cruised to a comfortable 2-0 lead, we needed a reaction and thanks to Roy Hodgson’s half-time team-talk, the lads emerged from the dressing room with a noticeable desire to put right everything that had gone so horribly wrong in the opening 45 minutes. Luka Milivojevic’s fantastically composed penalty was followed by another 40 minutes of attacking effort from the Eagles, with an inspired Joe Hart being all that stood between them and salvaging a point or three well before the final few moments of the game.
Given the tough time Zaha is often given by pundits across the country, it’s fantastic to see Thompson react to his last-gasp goal with such unadulterated joy. Wilf’s always been loved by the Selhurst Park faithful and now, it feels as though his talents are finally being recognised by those outside of the SE25 bubble.
We’re lucky to have him and I won’t have anyone telling me otherwise.