Crystal Palace fans took to Twitter on Monday night to have their say on Wilfried Zaha's performance in the 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland.
A brace from Steven Fletcher and fine striker from Jordi Gomez saw Sunderland come away from Monday night’s trip to Crystal Palace with a 3-1 win, despite the home side dominating for long periods.
Palace were denied a penalty within the opening 25 seconds when Santiago Vergini brought down former Black Cats striker Frazier Campbell, before they saw Fletcher’s 31st-minute header give the visitors the lead.
Neil Warnock’s side found a way back into the game when Wes Brown netted an own goal 10 minutes after half-time, but Jordi Gomez’s low drive from outside the area with 11 minutes to go put the visitors back in front.
Palace pushed for the equaliser in the closing stages, but saw captain Mile Jedinak sent off for kicking out at Gomez just before the end, and then had their hopes of a comeback dashed when Fletcher added his second deep into stoppage-time.
Speaking after the match, manager Warnock believed his team’s performance deserved much more, and was left bewildered by the failure to award both the penalty shout in the opening 30 seconds and one later in the first-half when Wifried Zaha tangled with Patrick van Aanholt.
‘I think everybody knows it’s a penalty. The referee didn’t see it, but he’s in a great position,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘We need a bit of luck at the minute. The only chance we’ve got of a penalty is somebody picking the ball up and throwing it at the referee – that’s about the only chance we’ve got.
‘It’s so disappointing when you play so well. How we’ve lost that game, I’ll never, ever know.
‘Even the second one with Wilfried, it might be on the edge of the box but they give a goal kick. It bewilders me.
‘But I thought we were superb tonight. They couldn’t have given any more, the lads. They were brilliant tonight.’
On loan Manchester United man Zaha was certainly one of the brighter performers, showing glimpses of his past Palace form which originally earned him the reported £10 million move to Old Trafford in January 2013.
However, the youngster's end product was also somewhat lacking on the night, along with fellow winger Yannick Bolasie's, leading to a very mixed reaction among fans to his overall display.
Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie's end product is the reason I am going grey at 22. #cpfc— Samuel Jordan (@_SamJordan) November 3, 2014
Not very many but 2 positives tonight in Zaha & Chamakh... #CPFC— Jason Baster (@BasterJason) November 3, 2014
Really think that Zaha should try and twist up defenders at least 4/5 times before trying to cross or take on a shot...oh wait #cpfc— MMMMMMM? (@remarkable2504) November 3, 2014
Massive positive to take is Wilfried Zaha, back to the form of 2012, taking people on to fun and put great service into the box. #CPFC— Palace Memes (@palacememes) November 3, 2014
All Zaha & Bolasie has managed to do in this game is “tap dance” in front of Sunderland defence to no particular effect!!! #CPFC— C'est Moi 這是我 ™ (@iDeribs) November 3, 2014
Bolasie and Zaha love a good run into a blind alley, don't they? Seriously lacking smarts. #cpfc— Peter Redman (@redmanpe) November 3, 2014
Zaha has to be the most frustrating player Neil Warnock has worked with #cpfc— HARPIN (@Harpin14) November 3, 2014