It’s happened many a time in the past and yesterday he did it again. Whenever Crystal Palace FC need Wilfried Zaha to pull something special from up his sleeve, the academy graduate comes up trumps.
— Cabaye Loves Hugs (@CabayeLovesHugs) October 28, 2017
Yesterday, after more than 96 minutes of trying, the 24-year-old finally managed to draw the Eagles back to parity with West Ham thanks to a moment of pure inspiration. We all know the score by now, certain “expert” pundits have written him off as nothing more than an overrated show-pony who flatters to deceive from game to game but ask any Palace fan who watches him regularly and you’ll find that in our corner of London, he is absolutely adored.
Whether you look towards his inspirational performances from years gone by, his brace in the play-off semi-final away to Brighton, the run that won us the play-off final winning penalty shortly after, his magical performances over the last couple of seasons or his sublime goal against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago, Wilf has always been a man you can rely upon in a crisis and yesterday, as always, he proved to be worth his weight in gold.
He spent a large chunk of yesterday’s game getting volleys of abuse from the travelling West Ham fans who were situated in the far corner of the Arthur Wait Stand but as always, he took the stick in his stride, allowing it to drive him on and have the last laugh just before Bobby Madley called a halt to proceedings after 97 minutes of football.
It may only have secured us a point but given the predicament we currently find ourselves in, I can’t help but feel that a defeat against the Irons would have all but consigned us to the drop before November had even begun. To equalise with what was practically the last kick of the game, in front of the Holmesdale, after a 45 minute bombardment of Joe Hart’s goal really was sweet.
With Zaha in the side it feels like we’ve always got a chance regardless of the opposition. To put it quite simply, I’m in love with the bloke.