Keith Millen praises Wilfried Zaha’s League Cup performance following Alan Pardew criticism

Wilfried Zaha has been under pressure in recent weeks, after some poor displays for Crystal Palace.

Speaking to Eagles Player, Crystal Palace assistant manager Keith Millen has admitted that everyone was impressed with Wilfried Zaha’s performance in the League Cup last night, following some criticism from manager Alan Pardew recently.

He said: “We were pleased with Wilf. He was a threat all night, he caused them problems, he created chances for us and worked hard out of possession. He's responded in the right manner.”

Zaha played the full 90 minutes as Palace defeated Championship side Charlton by a 4-1 scoreline on Wednesday evening.

He was an impressive threat on the right-wing, displaying the skills that have been associated with the 22-year-old winger since he broke onto the scene at Selhurst Park.

However, this performance has been a rare occurrence recently, with Zaha failing to hit top form this season, and reaching a true low last weekend.

As Palace lost to Tottenham on Sunday, Zaha was pulled off the field of play by Alan Pardew at half-time, who criticised his ability and attitude during the game.

Quoted by the Guardian after the game, Pardew said of his young starlet: “I’m trying to get him [Zaha] to understand that every moment in every game is very important. It’s about concentration, about having that same desire to defend and attack, movement and everything that a top player produces. Unfortunately I didn’t think he did that.”

It is apparent that Zaha has listened to Pardew, and is keenly taking his advice, and hopefully it will not be too long before the talented winger is back to his best proving himself in the Premier League.

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