Crystal Palace's Roy Hodgson not surprised by Wilfried Zaha’s heroics

The 24-year-old scored to help the Eagles snatch a draw against the Hammers and his gaffer says he is not shocked by his on-field displays

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that he is not surprised by Wilfried Zaha’s heroics for the club.

The Cote d’Ivoire international returned from a knee injury to help the Eagles pick their first points of the season in a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

The winger's contribution was again crucial as his injury time goal helped the Selhurst Park outfit pick a point against Slaven Bilic’s side on Saturday.

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"Even though I wasn't working with him, apart from the brief spell when he was called up to England. I had seen him play a lot for Palace and I was watching him getting better and better, so I am not surprised," Hodgson told media.

"We did in the second half because we put [Bakary] Sako in that role as part of a front three because we were losing, but Wilf [Zaha] has always been a player who is more than prepared to cut in from wide positions and run the channels like Andros Townsend.

"We're not actually asking him [Zaha] to play center-forward, we are trying to get him to operate in the attacking positions where he is most comfortable, [like the] inside left or inside right channel.”

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