Wilfried Zaha says he has laid the foundations to push his career forward after scoring a stoppage time equaliser against Newcastle United on his Crystal Palace return.
The Eagles academy graduate, who re-joined the club on loan from Manchester United earlier this week, bagged a well-taken volley in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn the south Londoners a deserved point in an entertaining 3-3 draw at St James’ Park.
And speaking to cpfc.co.uk after his memorable strike, Zaha said: “To be honest, I’d missed way too many chances before that, so I’m buzzing to get the goal.
“Since I came back, I’ve been comfortable and everyone has shown me love around the place. All I need to do is get settled again and get playing.
“It’s always great to play and I feel at home doing that here with players I’ve played with before.
“I go back home and my dad gives me advice and what I have to do in the next game, so I’m comfortable and I’m happy.”
Zaha was also full of praise for the contribution of new manager Neil Warnock, who allowed to play his natural game after being introduced as a second-half substitute.
“He’s come in and said he doesn’t want to change too much really,” Zaha said of the new gaffer.
“He’s let us get on with it and told me to do what I do. He’s seen me play before so he allowed me to go out there and express myself.
“I haven’t really played too much, so coming off the bench I don’t mind because I’m getting my fitness back. But I’m definitely looking forward to starting a few games.
“I had to make the move here because I wasn’t getting minutes on the pitch, so coming back here will definitely push my career forward.”
Although Zaha was pleased that to get off to the perfect start on a personal level, he believes Palace were unlucky not to return to south London with all three points in the bag.
“I think we deserved something because we worked so hard in the game and to come out with a 3-3 was definitely what we wanted,” the Eagles’ new number 11 said.
“We did everything we had to do to get the win, but we were just unlucky to concede in the last minute of normal time, but we are happy to get the 3-3.”