Zaha: Palace have ‘tremendous ability’ in their squad
Wilfried Zaha was delighted with his teammates after Crystal Palace breezed past 10-man West Brom to win 5-1 on Sunday.
The first half was relatively tight at The Hawthorns. It was all square as Conor Gallagher cancelled out Darnell Furlong’s early own-goal.
But the game’s big turning point came just before the break as Matheus Pereira was sent off for kicking out at Patrick van Aanholt.
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Palace made the most of this advantage in the second half. They bagged four goals to thump the Baggies 5-1. Zaha and Cristian Benteke both netted twice to secure Palace a huge victory.
This is their first time Palace have ever scored five goals on the road in the top flight of English football.
Speaking after the game, as cited by BBC Sport, Zaha was full of praise for Palace, who showed “tremendous ability” against the Baggies:
“Today was a massive win, I’m just happy to be back helping the team. We deserved the three points today.
“I am shooting more this season. I back myself to take opportunities and it is paying off.
“I am very happy for Christian Benteke, everyone has hard runs. He is a quality player so I am not surprised he scored.
“We weren’t scared to play today. It was harder for them when they lost a player and we wanted to impose ourselves.
“We have tremendous ability in our team. We just need to keep picking up points.”
Cristian Benteke returned to form with two goals of his own. The forward was pleased that his hard work paid off against West Brom:
“We can be happy this afternoon, we really showed character and composure. We were patient and controlled the game.
“There is no point in me complaining if I am not in the team, the only truth is on the pitch. I have been working hard in the shadows and I took my chance.
“We were efficient, we didn’t let them have any chance. It is a different game for us when Wilf is on the pitch.
“He showed again how important he is.”