crystal palace must learn to perform without wilfried zaha – roy hodgson

09:15    03 Sep 2018

Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the Premier League club must learn to perform without star man Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian attacker missed the Eagles’ 2-0 home loss to Southampton this past weekend after picking up an injury in training on Friday.

Zaha’s importance to Palace is revealed in the fact that their last 10 matches in which he has been absent have all ended in defeat.

They have not won a game without the 25-year-old since a 3-2 victory at Sunderland in September 2016.

“I don’t quite know what I can do about it until such time as we play a game without Wilf and win,” Hodgson said.

“It’s a fact. Again he didn’t play today and again we didn’t win. It’s a pure fact that we have to learn to live with.

“There will be games where Wilf doesn’t play and I would like to think that the squad that we have is good enough to win without him.”

On the performance, he added: “I thought our performance after the penalty was lively and I thought we did ask a lot of questions of their defence and goalkeeper and they answered those questions very well. In the end we suffered the indignity of a 95th-minute goal.

“I don’t think we played anywhere near good enough in the first 60-65 minutes of this game to merit victory.

“The positive, if you like, is at least we didn’t give up. We did keep going, we did keep fighting.”

Hodgson will hope Zaha returns to the team for their Premier League clash away to Huddersfield on September 15.


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