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Zaha Voted Man of the Match

15 October 2017

Wilfried Zaha's emphatic return to the Crystal Palace first team has been capped by the fans voting him Man of the Match against Chelsea.

Playing his first competitive football in two months, the forward was in electrifying form from the off, causing the reigning Champions problems at the back inside the first three minutes.

In what was an exceptional team performance, where defence, midfield and attack all contributed to the Eagles' first three points of the season, it was the match-winner who was named Man of the Match.

No Palace player had more attempts on goal (3, level with Andros Townsend) or provided more key passes (2, joint with Milivojevic and Van Aanholt) than Zaha against the Blues and it was his 45th minute goal which proved to be the winner.

His tireless work for the full 90 minutes on his first game back from injury was recognised by the fans, with 74% of those who voted in our Twitter poll choosing the Ivorian.

A massive 6,603 fans voted. Congratulations Wilf!

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