Connor Wickham praised by Crystal Palace teammates for performance in 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

The 22-year-old was instrumental in the victory over the Magpies, despite not getting on the scoresheet.

Scott Dann and Wilfried Zaha have heaped praise upon their Crystal Palace teammate Connor Wickham, after the target man inspired the Eagles to their 5-1 victory over Newcastle United last weekend, the London Evening Standard report.

The 22-year-old has come in for criticism since his £8m move to Selhurst Park in the summer (as quoted by the Evening Standard), having failed to score. However, the striker - who spent two months of the sidelines with a calf injury - hit back at his critics with an excellent display against the Magpies, where he set up two of Palace's goals.

And Dann and Zaha both insisted that Wickham has now turned a corner.

"Connor has been out for a while and has not played much football, so it is harsh to judge someone on just one game," Dann said.

"On Saturday he showed what he is all about, bringing people into play and giving the wide players a platform," the defender added.

"He managed to get hold of everything and brought us all into the game. That is what he is good at and he showed it," Zaha explained.

"It was a massive performance from him. That is what we needed," he stated.

Alan Pardew has turned the club into one that has become difficult to beat this season. The Eagles currently sit in the top half of the Premier League table, and have established themselves as one of the contenders for a spot in the Europa League. 

Nevertheless, the club had found goals difficult to come by - despite Saturday's emphatic win, Palace are the second-lowest scorers in the top half of the division. Astonishingly, none of the club's recognised strikers have found the back of the net in the league this season. 

So while Wickham's performance against the Magpies was comfortably his best since his move from Sunderland, it is time that he added goals to his game.

Luckily, his teammates seem to have the confidence that he will do just that. 

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