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Zaha: Promotion 'Would Mean The World'

24 May 2013

Wilfried Zaha is determined to finish his Crystal Palace career on a high by leading the club back to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old winger played a starring role in the Eagles’ play-off semi-final victory over Brighton, scoring both goals in the memorable 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium to book Palace’s place in the final.

And the England international is targeting one more big performance against Watford at Wembley on Monday. 

Speaking exclusively to, Zaha said: “As I’ve said in many interviews before, it would mean the world to me to help get Palace promoted. That’s all I wanted to do when I got my move, that was one of the main things I still wanted to achieve at with Palace and that’s what I will try my best to accomplish before I go.  

“We got where we wanted to, and that’s all that matters really to me. We’ve just got one more game now and we’ve got to do our best. It’s 50-50 but I think we can do it.”

Zaha, who was named PFA Championship Player of the Year for his consistent displays in the red and blue shirt, believes that victory at Brighton has given the players heart ahead of Monday’s Wembley showpiece. 

He added: “That result gave us a lot of confidence because everyone doubted us after what happened during the season when we played there. 

“It just showed that once we put our mind to it and work as a team, we can achieve anything.”

The Manchester United loanee, who has eight goals to his name this season, admits Palace will be underdogs again when they take to the pitch for the final in three days’ time.

But he believes the squad is used to carrying that tag – and is confident they can defy the odds one last time and reach the Premier League. 

“It helps really because no one likes having any pressure on their back,” Zaha said. 

“We don’t mind being underdogs. We’ve always been underdogs all season really. It just allows us to go into the game thinking ‘we’ve got nothing to lose.’ Everyone thinks we’re going to lose anyway, so we’ll just play our best and hopefully prove them wrong.”

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