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Zaha - All I'm trying to focus on is scoring

2 March 2019

Wilfried Zaha, having scored the emphatic third goal in Crystal Palace's 3-1 victory over Burnley today, spoke following the match to offer his thoughts on the win, Eagles squad and his re

Looking back on the strike - a fine, tricky and well-worked effort - Zaha expressed his satisfaction at scoring more frequently after manager Roy Hodgson explained that he had set himself the target of bagging five times between Southampton and the end of the season, something he achieved tonight.

Zaha said: "I’m always happy to score really and obviously help the team. I’m just happy to get the three points. The main thing is the three points for the team but I’m glad I could add to the goals. To be honest, I score goals like that all the time in training when we play five-a-side, so it’s nice to finally get a goal like that in a game!

"I was thinking, ‘okay, I can’t chop any more times’, so I just made sure I connected with the ball properly and I’m just happy I scored really.

"All I’m trying to focus on is scoring goals so I’m buzzing [to have scored so many]. Whether it’s home or away, I’m just buzzing to be on the scoresheet."

Looking electric, Zaha excelled throughout the game and went some way to explaining how he manages it by saying: "To be honest, it’s not a thing where I feel like it’s going to be my day, I have to make it my day.

"I have to do what I can on the pitch to make it my day. If I have to play simple, I just have to know when to do what I need to do and then if I get the chance to take on someone in the box then I’ll do it.

"We tried to break today. [After the first goal], they would have to come on to us basically which leaves space for me and Schluppy to run into. We got our chances and took them."

But Zaha wasn't the only one looking sharp this afternoon and Michy Batshuayi certainly added to Palace's firepower up top.

His teammate out-wide expressed that he is happy for Batshuayi to have netted twice now, saying: "It’s good to see our strikers scoring and funnily enough, from the Leicester game, I told him, ‘bro once you get that first goal, they start coming from nowhere.' I’m happy to see him on the scoresheet."

Having been clinical of late, especially in their last two wins on the road, Crystal Palace have turned around their scoring woes and now travel with a squad replete with talent and the ability to score.

"I think it’s just practice really," Zaha explained. "We’re practising shooting all the time and we’re only going to get better. Over time, we’re showing it on the pitch and getting the goals we need.

"Obviously, the gaffer gives us a game plan and away from home we can’t be as open so we stay tight and try to break on teams."

Playing with depth in the squad, Hodgson had made five changes to the side that lined-up against Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Zaha explained just how beneficial it was to the team, adding: "We went through stages where there were so many injuries and you looked at the bench and you can’t really mix it up the way the gaffer did today.

"It’s nice to see because we obviously put some fresh legs out there and it made a difference. It’s hard when you play a three-game week so it made a difference today changing it up."

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