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Zaha: I Need To Take My Chance

26 January 2015

Wilfried Zaha spoke after Saturday’s victory about how being back in south London has made him feel at home and put a smile back on his face.


‘This is the club where I grew up and when I am here I feel more confident. I have lived in South London all my life and my family is here. After the games I go back to home and discuss the game with my dad which is great for me to be able to do.  I have a smile on my face because I am back on the pitch. I enjoy playing football, so when I am doing that I am happy. It is about people having trust in me. This gaffer has done that and I am trying to give it back and performing for the team."

Wilfried is not one to think about what has happened in the past but is a positive character who just wants to look forward and concentrate on taking his chance back in the red and blue of Palace.

"Obviously there was a period where I thought 'What's going on here?'As a footballer it is important not to think that way and remain professional. I knew that if I got the chance I needed to take it and not dwell on the past and I am not one to do that and it was up to me to take it.”

On Saturday the team made their way through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after coming from behind but the winger knows that it is important that the side don’t keep putting themselves into the position of having to chase the game.

“I am just glad we managed to get back into the game really, and every time we broke forward we looked like we were going to score.

“I managed to get into space and run at them too. We gave sloppy goals away at the beginning but we can’t keep doing this every game.

“The opposition will just get better in the Premier League and they will punish us more. We’re obviously scoring goals but we went through a period where we couldn’t score at all.

“Right now, if we’re going to carry on scoring goals, we need to tighten up the little things because there are going to be teams out there who will out-score us."

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