M23 derby: Crystal Palace not over-reliant on Wilfried Zaha, says Brighton boss Chris Hughton

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Although the 59-year-old gaffer has no doubt about the forward's skills, he has rubbished claims that Palace is a one-man team

Ahead of the M23 derby, Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has stated that Crystal Palace are not over-reliant on star player Wilfried Zaha.

On Tuesday night, the Seagulls face their archrivals at the American Express Community Stadium for a Premier League crunch tie.

Roy Hodgson’s men have lost the last 10 English top-flight fixtures that the former Manchester United player was absent.

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This season, Zaha has scored three goals in 12 games and although the 59-year-old is pleased with the forward’s impressive showing, he has rubbished claims that the club solely rely on him.

"It’s an interesting question because I suppose there are the stats that we all know about as regards them winning games with Zaha,” Hughton said in a pre-match conference when asked if Palace are dependent on the 26-year-old.

"But I think as a team and the way the team plays, and the individuals they have got, no I don’t think they are as reliant on him as a team.

"But he is an outstanding individual and there is no doubt he is a top, top player that can turn a game. When you pick out the top players in the country and look at their abilities, he has those type of abilities.

"So there is no doubt about that quality he has got, but I think it would be unfair to say they are a team that rely on him.”

Brighton are 11th in the log with 18 points from 14 games.



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