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Zaha: I Don't See Myself Anywhere Else

20 April 2018

Wilfried Zaha is not surprised that last week’s victory against Brighton has seen the side take seven points from a possible 12 and is pleased that three goals in two games has shown how one of his own targets for the season has materialised.

“I have felt that with the performances we have been producing that eventually the results were going to come. I have had faith in the team but obviously the injuries didn’t help but now we are showing what we are capable of.

“I look at myself as a passionate player and obviously I have that winning mentality and do my work for the team. When you watch me play one word sums up my game and that is passionate.

“I put the pressure on myself because I want to be that player anyway, when you look at different teams they look to someone to score the goals or do something special and personally I like to have that on me and it makes feel a better player and I want to prove that I am that kind of player. 

“Two main things in my game I want to improve are my decision making & goalscoring and it is showing bit by bit in the games."

The atmosphere in the stadium is always the topic of conversation when the Premier League focus is on Selhurst Park across the world and it’s a stadium that Zaha feels at special playing in front of the passionate Eagles support and he wants it to remain that way.     

“Crystal Palace is my home town and the support we have here is genuine support with families watching with their kids loving us as players so I don’t really see myself anywhere else. I am enjoying my football here and just focussed on us being a stable club and not having to listen to all the speculation about us getting relegated.”

The winger was given his international debut under Hodgson and now at club level his admiration of the experienced boss has continued to grow working with him on a day to day basis. 

“He has always had confidence in us and is always telling us that we are a good enough team but we need to produce the performances  and we need to listen to what he says because he has been in this predicament before.

“He has been in the game for so long that he has dealt with so many different type of players,  he puts his arm round you when he needs to but when he has to tell you something that you are doing wrong he is not shy to do that either. This is what I like about him because if a player is not doing something right you need the manager to tell them rather than it coming from another player and l like the way he does that.

“We have talks and that is nice for because I like it when the manager puts his arm round you and makes you feel valued and that has made a difference to me.”

This weekend Palace come up against a side in the Hornets who he has good memories of playing against including of course the play-off final victory in 2013.

“They have been very efficient and obviously have Troy Deeney up front who has been strong for years and they are good at what they do but I am looking forward to playing them.

“Over the years I have had good experiences against them”  

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