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Hodgson showers Zaha with praise

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Crystal Palace seems to be back on track after a win against Norwich at home yesterday.

Just as you’d expect, one of the key performers for Crystal Palace was none else than Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivory Coast winger showed his explosiveness and quality by tearing Norwich’s defense apart throughout the whole match.

According to Whoscored, Zaha had six successful dribbles in yesterday’s outing, and it seems like he’s back on track after a disappointing summer saga.

Everton wanted to bring Zaha to Merseyside at all costs this summer, but Crystal Palace wouldn’t budge.

Zaha also wanted to go to join Toffees, but it wasn’t meant to be. After a horrible start to the season, Crystal Palace drew with Wolves last and beat Norwich this week.

Roy Hodgson will be more than pleased with his main star’s showing, given that the team depends on his good performances in the relegation battle.

In an interview with Crystal Palace Official Website, citing Goal, Zaha said:

“He’s done that in the last few games. He was even better against Wolves than today. He was good today but against Wolves, he was even better. He had an excellent game.

“At the start of the season, the first two games really, he wasn’t perhaps the Wilf we know and love but since that time he has been the Wilf that we know and love. Like I’ve said right the way through, like Steve [Parish] has said right the way through, he’s a player we need.

“To his credit, he’s focussed on one thing and one thing only and that is helping Crystal Palace.

“This is where he was brought up, the club that took care of him from his earliest years and this is the club which has shown him so much love, not just in terms of Steve Parish and the club board but the fans. He’s aware of all of that.”

It is very much true that Zaha is still a fan-favorite, even after trying to force a move this summer.

Crystal Palace will face West Ham in the next fixture, where they’re aiming for their third consecutive match without defeat.