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Zaha Honest In Assessment

5 November 2016

Wilfried Zaha was honest in his assessment of Palace's 3-2 defeat away to Burnley, admitting that the late loss was "painful" to take.

After a slow start the Eagles had battled back to draw level in the second half, largely down to the excellent work of the 23-year-old winger, before Ashley Barnes finished a Clarets counter attack with an emphatic finish to snatch all three points.

"That was painful to be honest, because I think we could've won it, let alone going back with a point - but that's how football is some times," Zaha told Palace TV.

Asked whether it's tougher to recover mentally from an early setback or whether the knowledge that there's still plenty of time provides comfort, Zaha was again honest, saying: "It's a bit of both really. 

"You can't put your head down, you've just got to carry on going because no one else is going to do it for you. You have to keep plugging away.

"We stayed on the ball more [in the second half], we didn't get rid of it. We kept it and tried to make more opportunities - I think that's why it was different."

Zaha's assist for Palace's first, an inch-perfect cross rammed home by Connor Wickham, was a fourth of the season for the number 11, who feels he's picking his moments more intelligently this term.

"I'm not rushing things as much this season, I'm trying to go for better quality over quantity, so when I'm crossing it in I'm trying to pick someone out instead of just whacking it in there hoping for the best," he said. "I think that's what's changed, I'm slowing down and trying to pick out people."

On the Clarets, who continued the theme of their season by running tirelessly and harrying the Eagles constantly, Zaha praised their work rate, admitting that their attitude made them a match for anyone in the Premier League.

"They work hard all game. That's all I have to say really. They're decent on the ball and their work rate's immense, so I think that's what helps them massively," he said.

To watch the full video interview CLICK HERE.

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