Wilfried Zaha impressed with Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew

Wilfried Zaha

Manchester United-owned Wilfried Zaha speaks highly of Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been singing the praises of new manager Alan Pardew.

Englishman Pardew has won both of his games in charge of the Eagles and seems to have revitalised the team.

Palace eased past non-league Dover Athletic 4-0 away from home in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend, and then got the better of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The win against Spurs was especially very encouraging, as the players showed remarkable commitment and spirit to come from a goal down to pick up the three points.

Zaha, who joined Palace on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United in the summer, is full of praise for Pardew and explains how he inspired the players against Tottenham.

“I think the gaffer has brought a high around the team again,” London24.com quotes the 22-year-old as saying. “I’d heard a couple of good things about him before he came in and he’s brought something different which will help us move forwards.

“He told us he wants to add a threat going forward and gave us set positions and tasks to do, like catch them on the break, and that’s what happened.

“Even though I wasn’t starting I couldn’t let my head go down, I just knew that if I came on I had to make an impression for the gaffer and I did that so I’m buzzing.

“He told me to go on and take on players so I never had any fear coming onto the pitch, I just knew I had to do one piece of magic and give us a chance and I’m glad I did that.”

Zaha came on as a substitute in the 74th minute and played a key role in Palace’s second and winning goal.

The youngster has not been in great form this season, but the England international demonstrated against Palace the quality that he has got.

The winger has scored one goal and created six chances in 14 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 76% and a shot accuracy of 54%.

Pardew has lifted the mood at Palace and the players seem more up for it. Survival in the Premier League looks very much a possibility.

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