Wilfried Zaha's numbers show how he helped Crystal Palace find spark

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Wilfried Zaha posted his most productive crossing numbers to date as he helped Crystal Palace to stage a stunning Premier League fightback at Burnley.

Wilfried Zaha has told the Croydon Advertiser that a more direct approach against Burnley helped him to make a telling contribution.

The numbers support his claims, with a man on loan at the Eagles from Manchester United enjoying his most productive performance to date on the flanks.

Zaha says he decided to change his style after seeing Palace fall behind early at Turf Moor.

Rather than trying to beat the Burnley back four on the deck, the tricky winger admits he decided to throw as many deliveries into the box as possible.

The Opta statistics below show how his dribbling figures dropped as a result of that tactical tweak, but the 22-year-old was able to pick out a teammate from out wide on more occasions than he has managed in any other Premier League outing this season.

  MatchTotal CrossAccurate CrossTotal ContestMins Played
Wilfried Zaha C. Palace vs Sunderland 11 2 12 90
Wilfried Zaha C. Palace vs Aston Villa 11 3 16 90
Wilfried Zaha Burnley vs C. Palace 9 4 6 70

Zaha told the Croydon Advertiser: “We went down so unexpectedly early on with a couple of cheap goals. We knew we had to get our heads down to get back in it.

“I have one thing to do and that’s to get crosses in. We had the likes of Yaya Sanogo and Dwight Gayle in there and others joining in so I just thought there’s no point trying to be tricky, just to get the ball in the box and get a goal from that.”

Zaha’s efforts helped Alan Pardew’s side to hit back from two goals down to secure an impressive 3-2 win.

Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle did the damage for Palace, with the latter netting a match-altering brace which included an 87th-minute winner.

Zaha, meanwhile, will be hoping that he can maintain the form he has shown over recent weeks, with the England U21 international eager to impress his loan employers and those back at Old Trafford.

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