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Wilfried Zaha strike sees Crystal Palace end season on a high note

Wilfried Zaha’s first-half strike earned Crystal Palace a first home win over Manchester United since 1991 and handed his old club one final defeat of a sorry campaign.The Red Devils, who were watched by new boss Erik Ten Hag in south London, were able to at least avoid the embarrassment of lining up in the Europa Conference League next season due to West Ham losing away to Brighton.It meant United clinched sixth after this 1-0 defeat but they finished on 58 points – the lowest they have ever accumulated in the Premier League – in a campaign which showed how...
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Wilfried Zaha must manage reactions better, admits Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira admitted Wilfried Zaha is a “target” but has to “manage the situation” better following the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.The contest saw Zaha react in animated fashion to some challenges made on him, including briefly squaring up to John McGinn and protesting to referee Chris Kavanagh.The Ivory Coast forward was taunted by Villa fans and at one point in the second half cupped his ears to the crowd.When asked in his post-match press conference about Zaha’s behaviour, Vieira said: “This is part of Wilfried and his character, his personality.“This is a strength, (and) weakness at...

Patrick Vieira challenges Wilfried Zaha to reach 20-goal mark next season

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has challenged Wilfried Zaha to hit the 20-goal mark next season and urged the attacker to continue his “legacy” at Selhurst Park.The Ivory Coast international has found the net on 14 occasions this campaign with 13 of them in the Premier League.Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min are the only players in the top flight to score more than 20 league goals this season but Vieira believes his talisman, who will be 30 in November, is more than capable of reaching that standard.“Yes, I don’t have any doubt about that. When you are looking at the...

Fantasy Premier League scout tips gameweek 37: Wilfried Zaha, Richarlison, Lucas Digne and more

RicharlisonIt’s the final double gameweek of the season. This week’s is not as big or as appealing as the last - with Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester and Burnley playing twice - but there are still points to be had.Richarlison will be well backed. Even if the goals have dried up in his last two outings, he has two in his last two at Goodison Park. Everton rely on his goals and will know that a win against either Brentford or Palace will be a huge step towards safety.Wilfried ZahaSince we picked Zaha out as one to watch down...

Wilfried Zaha starting to feel his age as Crystal Palace youngsters take flight

Wilfried Zaha is happy to be Crystal Palace’s elder statesman but is still not convinced by Patrick Vieira’s attempts to make him an out-and-out forward.The Ivory Coast international struck his 14th goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford and was part of a line-up that included Michael Olise and Ebere Eze.Injuries to the aforementioned younger duo at certain parts of the season has prevented boss Vieira from playing the talented trio together as much as he would have wanted but he will hope that is a different story during the 2022-23 campaign.Zaha, 29, said: “It just shows...

Watford relegated after Wilfried Zaha penalty gives Crystal Palace victory

A first-half penalty from Wilfried Zaha confirmed Watford’s relegation from the Premier League as they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.The Hornets already needed a miracle to survive but it was old nemesis Zaha who had the decisive say to ensure his former manager Roy Hodgson endured an unhappy return to south London.Hodgson, who received a CBE at Buckingham Palace in midweek, saw his 19th-placed side struggle throughout and defeat confirmed they will be back in the Sky Bet Championship next season. Hassane Kamara’s red card was a further blight on a bad day for the club.Defeat at...

Wilfried Zaha snatches late winner as Crystal Palace sink Southampton

Wilfried Zaha came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner for Crystal Palace as they snatched a 2-1 win at Southampton.The Eagles looked to have rescued a point when Eberechi Eze scored his first goal of the season to cancel out Oriol Romeu’s early goal, but a moment of magic from Zaha saw Palace leave St Mary’s with all three points.The result lifts Patrick Vieira’s side above Southampton and within touching distance of the top half of the table with four left to play.Vieira had left Zaha on the bench after a bruising encounter at Leeds in the Eagles’...

Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace: Substitute Wilfried Zaha scores stoppage-time winner as visitors come from behind

Second-half substitute Wilfried Zaha scored a stoppage-time winner as Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's. Rested after what Palace boss Patrick Vieira described pre-match as a physical game against Leeds on Monday, Zaha came off the bench in the 64th minute before rifling home in the 92nd to give his side all three points.

Crystal Palace coach Patrick Vieira defends Wilfried Zaha following Kalvin Phillips’ diving claim

Patrick Vieira has defended Wilfried Zaha after Kalvin Phillips’ diving claim and accused Leeds of having a “clear plan” to target the Crystal Palace winger.Palace and Leeds fought out a physical goalless draw on Monday, with Zaha the most fouled player on the pitch at Selhurst Park.England midfielder Phillips told BBC 5 Live Sport later that referee Darren England had complained to the Leeds players over their treatment of Zaha, before adding that the Ivory Coast international “dives a lot”.But Palace manager Vieira, speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League trip to Southampton on Saturday, responded to Phillips’ contention by...