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Zaha: Palace Are Ready For Big Teams

9 August 2015


Wilfried Zaha has revealed that Palace are ready to take on the Premier League's big boys, as the squad now boasts players capable of picking passes and settling nerves.

The Eagles kicked off their 2015-16 campaign with a 3-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road, with Zaha opening the scoring in the first half. It was a superb display from the winger, who caused the Canaries endless trouble during his stint on the left-wing, before being replaced by Yannick Bolasie late on.

Alan Pardew switched Zaha to the left, and Jason Puncheon to the right, after admitting that his initial team selection wasn't working - as Norwich made a strong start upon their return to the top flight.

"We didn't start the game in the best way really, but we managed to get a hold on the game and managed to score our goals when we had the chances, so we're happy," said Zaha, speaking after the game.

New signing Yohan Cabaye slotted home the third for Palace, in the dying seconds of the tie, following a complete midfield performance from the France international.

"I think the team seems a bit more dangerous going forward, we've got the players now to pick out the passes, me and Bolasie are just buzzing about that," Zaha said, speaking about the summer improvements made to the squad.

"Every run we make, we know we're going to be found, so it's happy days for us!"

Palace have looked more threatening and expansive in possession under Alan Pardew, as the manager continued to impose his style on the squad during pre-season. Zaha believes that the result of the manager's input is that the Eagles can now take the game to bigger teams, rather than relying on a watertight defence and rapid counter-attacks.

"Before, what we basically told ourselves was to defend throughout," he said. "But now we've actually got players that can settle it down and find the pass, so I think we're ready for teams like that this season."

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