VIDEO: Zaha’s Chelsea Display Gives Palace Real Hope Of Survial (What An Assist)

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Saturday evening’s game against Chelsea may have ended in a familiar feeling of disappointment for Palace fans but there was a shining beacon of light provided by Wilfried Zaha’s return to first-team action.

Having been introduced to the game at half-time in place of Christian Benteke, the wide man looked as though he’d never been away, teasing and probing at the Chelsea defence with every touch whilst also getting an assist to his name following Patrick van Aanholt’s low finish through the legs of Thibaut Courtois in the closing stages of the game.

After finding himself with the ball at his feet in a central position, Zaha anticipated the oncoming run of Van Aanholt to perfection and slid a beautifully weighted reverse pass across the turf, allowing the Dutchman to take it in his stride and finish neatly for what was his second goal in as many games.

It may have only been a second-half appearance with the Eagles already in a two-goal hole but after weeks of swimming against the tide against opposition from the top half of the table, we now find ourselves entering into a run of games that appear far more winnable on paper with our star man back and ready to fire on all cylinders.

I’d like to think that our second half formation will provide something of a blue-print for how we look to approach Huddersfield when we travel there next weekend, using the pace of Zaha and Townsend on each flank to keep the Terriers on their guard throughout. There can be no debate that the winger’s introduction completely changed the feel of yesterday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, giving us an attacking outlet that forced them to sit up and take notice, whilst also allowing others across the forward line far more space in which to operate.

There are plenty of Palace fans who remain concerned about the physical approach David Wagner’s side will adopt when attempting to counteract Zaha’s game but with the side in desperate need of points, we will simply have to do our best to protect him from the first minute until the last.

No one needs reminding of the kicking Huddersfield game Wilf on the opening day of the season, it is our duty as a club to ensure that the referee is primed for what is likely to be a repeat performance this weekend.

Bring it on.

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  • Spiceboy March 12, 2018 - 8:45 am Reply

    Bit worried for wilf against Huddersfield but a 6 pointer so he has to start. Is it just me or does sloth seem a championship player or division 1 player at best? He ambles about pretty clueless & yes the die hards will say he tries but he simply isn’t good enough. Not blaming him for defeat that was all down to hodgson playing 4-4-2 I think every football fan alive could see two donkeys up front wasn’t working which makes me wonder why he stuck with it all first half very poor management. Hopefully key players back next game I just hope he plays zaha & Townsend wide with cheek behind main striker. I’d still stick with benteke but rather wickham play when and if fully fit. 🤞 we stay up come on wilf make us safe.

    • admin March 12, 2018 - 9:36 am Reply

      I honestly don’t agree with the stick Alex is getting to be honest.

      He’s 22, is making a major step up from the Danish league to the Premier League, has played a handful of games and has only been played in his best position for 45 minutes.

      During that half, he hit the post and had a perfectly good goal chalked off after hitting a shot first time with power.

      Give the lad a break, eh?

    • Gordon March 12, 2018 - 10:03 am Reply

      Bad management!!! We played 442 against Man Utd and played them of the park first half and benteke and sorloth were a menace. If Roy hadn’t started with the same line up and was losing 2 nil at half time you would of slated him for that. He can’t win with some fans.

  • t.carter March 12, 2018 - 9:01 am Reply

    i think wilf,s introduction at chelsea proved 1 thing.we play alot better with benteke,on the subs bench,which is where he belongs.can,t wait for him to be for sorloth,don,t agree he was involved with everything that was good in attack.he went for balls that benteke just stood and watched.unlucky not to score.give the kid a chance.

  • Spiceboy March 12, 2018 - 12:17 pm Reply

    As usual hoppo Mr jobs worth and the only see Palace positive Boys jump on the defensive. Fact new Boy is not good enough to be a premier league striker. Gordon you didn’t read my msg I said 4-4-2 wasn’t working at Chelsea clearly everyone bar you frigging saw it so I said hodgson should of seen after 15 or 20 minutes that his tactics were shit and gone to a 4-3-3 he didn’t and waited till we were 2-0 should of been 4-0 down until he changed it. Hoppo alas u r now a company man. Our team going forward should be 4-3-3 with cheek behind benteke yes benteke not a second division Norwegian player out of his depth and wilf & Townsend on the wings to actually supply some crosses into benteke. Our team now that most people are back is premiership class all I’m saying is if Roy continues with poor tactics and team selection then does his usual we played crap first half better second but still lose then it rests with him. Hoppo looking forward to your next article that showers praise on parish and freedman for their hard work in the transfer market. Only bright spark at mo is bissa at left back absolute quality and zaha back of course.

    • admin March 12, 2018 - 1:38 pm Reply

      Bit harsh there mate, I haven’t ever showered praise on Parish and Freedman for their actions in the January window, far from it in fact.

      I just personally feel Alex is better than you do, no drama beyond that.

  • Spiceboy March 12, 2018 - 3:52 pm Reply

    Sorry Hoppo I’m just angry at Hodgsons poor subs and tactics at mo apologise to you as you are the only article I really read. Bit of insider info for you Wilf has said he will probably leave in the summer regardless of whether we stay up. Bad news eh but at least we will get mega money just hope Parish actually spends it wisely this time.

  • ee signing March 16, 2018 - 12:55 am Reply

    Spiceboy Just how many tactical or personnel options do you think Roy’s had recently, Then you get your star player back earlier than expcted. At the back of Roys mind had to be throwing Wilf on without knowing how long he might last and whether if he would break down again if not eased back in. Wonder what you’d have to say about that. Strikes me you might not be happy either way, Even if a fully fit Wilf were on it would still be an incredible effort with so much of our squad still missing to get something at Chelsea

    oh and are you just a shit stirrer or do you really have insider info in which case you might be more understanding of Roys problems

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