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Zaha On Massive Win At The Bridge

3 April 2017


Wilfried Zaha's ninth minute equaliser set Palace on their way to a tremendous three points at Stamford Bridge as his fine run and solo finish saw him turn more than one defender in the box and fire home before providing the pass for Christian Benteke to score the winner. 

Cesc Fabregas got on the end of Eden Hazard's cross to put the home side on their way in the opening minutes of the game so the pre-match instruction that the side had to be clincal when any chances came their way suddenly became even more important.  

"It was just a massive win, we had been working on a game plan so it was important to stick to it even though we went behind and most importantly we all worked really hard and managed as a team to get the win we wanted." said the 24 year old winger after the game.  

"It was a game that we went into knowing we had to take our chances because at Chelsea you know they will be limited so it was great to see us respond to them scoring the goal so early on. Once we took the opportunities and got the lead we defended well and stayed tight. They had loads of chances but we kept them out and to come here and do that is great and you have to win like that sometimes."

The points target may be something that is being kept in house but this victory will be one that gives the club's survival hopes a massive boost and Zaha believes to come to Stamford Bridge and beat a side who have been unbeaten for their past 13 home games shows what an achievement it was. 

"They are top of the league and playing really well so no one was expecting us to come here and beat them at their own stadium and I can’t describe how good I feel about this now. You just have to believe in yourselves as a group and that’s what we did in this match, we worked hard and took our chances, which as I say was always going to be vital. 

"It’s a massive confidence boost to us and it gives us all a lift going into the final nine games of the season. We know the talent we have within the squad and the work we are putting in is having its rewards and everyone is seeing the difference with the recent results."

Conducting the post match media interviews a big smile on his face showed how much the win meant to him and of course the goal coming on the back of the one in Russia for the Ivory Coast in midweek means no-one will be surprised that this is a player who is loving life in SE25. 

"I am really enjoying my football at the moment but the good thing is I am still learning and I know the gaffer and my team mates believe in me which is so important. The gaffer has been working with us on the training ground to get us back to doing the basics as a side when we go out on the pitch, he say's get that right and the rest takes care of itself and thankfully that is what is happening at the moment."

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