In comments published on the club's official Twitter account manager Alan Pardew says that he told Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha that he needed to be the main man while Yannick Bolasie was out injured.
Bolasie has been sidelined since December with injury, leaving Zaha with the task of being Palace’s main attacking influence.
And Pardew has been delighted with the way that the England international has coped with the added responsibility, suggesting that the youngster has improved his defensive skill hugely.
AP: I said to Wilf that he needed to be the main man while Yala was out and he's done that. His defensive work has come on so much.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) February 21, 2016
Palace have actually struggled in Bolasie’s absence, with their form in the Premier League taking a turn for the worse.
The Eagles have not won any of their last nine matches in England’s top tier, but they did manage to pick up a victory in the FA Cup earlier today.
Palace beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to book their place in the quarter finals, where they will face Championship side Reading.
Bolasie should be back for that match, as he made his comeback to action at White Hart Lane earlier today.
The Democratic Republic of Congo international came off the bench to help Palace see out the last few minutes of the tie, after Martin Kelly had given them the lead.
Palace are next in action West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.