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Zaha: Performance Was Incredible

1 February 2017

Wilfried Zaha returned from international action at the AFCON to take his place in the starting eleven for the victory at AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday evening and the winger was delighted to once again have that winning feeling. 

"It’s a buzzing feeling to be winning again and looking at the game I thought the performance of the whole team was incredible. It was a non-stop shift and a deserved win and one that I am just pleased to be back for."

After taking the lead a minute into the second period, through Scott Dann, the side had to take on board all the instructions that new boss, Sam Allardyce, has given about work rate and defending. The winger knows it is the type of endeavour needed if the club are to win the battle for survival. 

"That is what we need to do to win games, we need to be at it constantly and that is what we need to do for the rest of the season just like we showed in this game. I am confident we can get out of the position we are in because we have a good team of individuals but we need to work together so we get some wins."

Since returning from his time with the Ivory Coast he has had opportunity to work with the new management team and is already seeing the changes have an effect. Whilst away with his international colleagues his team mates in SE25 were never far from his mind and he got time to keep an eye on them in action back in England. 
"Sometimes change is good and no matter who comes in the goal for us all is the same, just get on the pitch and get a result. The gaffer has come in and is structuring it well for us but the lads need to go out there and do what we need to do. 
"Wherever I am I have always got Palace at heart and while I am away if there was going to be anyway I could get an opportunity to see the games I was going to make sure I did. The players know I am supporting them but I am just glad I am back in person to help the team." 

The late goal from Christian Benteke sealed the victory and was certainly a vital three points to go with a clean sheet and a good start for new signing debutant, Patrick van Aanholt. Wilf is looking forward to the defender being part of the Eagles set up and the 24 year old is not surprised the new gaffer has made some additions in preparation for the final four months of the season.  

"I feel it is part of the club’s character, we need to defend well in games and then break on teams, which we do well, with the pace we have in the squad we can use that to cause problems at the other end of the pitch. We worked so hard and then took our chance to get the late goal which was nice to see because we had soaked up such long periods of pressure so it was good to clinch the victory. 
"We have a good squad of players but obviously the gaffer is not new to this kind of situation so he knows what to do and has made some additions to the group. Patrick is someone who I have played against and is very fast and good technically so is good to see him join and look forward to playing alongside him in the future."

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