Zaha’s relief at finally ending his scoring drought for Eagles

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha admits he is relieved to have broken his scoring duck.

The Ivory Coast star finally got off the mark this season by scoring in Palace’s 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Saturday.

It ended a period of 14 Premier League games without a goal which stretched back to February 9.

Zaha, who netted 10 times last campaign, says his goal in front of the Holmesdale end came as a huge relief.

“Yeah because I haven’t scored in forever, so I’m glad to finally get on the score sheet and hopefully there’s more to come,” he said speaking to Palace TV.

“I ran with it, gave it to Chris, he gave it to Andros, and the reverse ball I didn’t even expect it myself. But it was a good move and I’m happy managed to score for the team.”

James Tomkins thought he scored just before the break with the game at 0-0, but it was ruled out by VAR who deemed that Jordan Ayew had pushed Dejan Lovren in the build-up.

Zaha felt Palace were unlucky to see the decision go in favour of league leaders Liverpool but draws positives from Palace’s overall display.

“To be honest, I didn’t really see what happened. It’s only after it looked like a bit of a nudge, but I feel we just have to take it – it was unlucky,” he said.

“We have to be happy with the performance and hopefully next game we can try and get all the points.

“There’s loads of positives to take from the game, we played against the best team in the league right now and I think we’ll win more than we’ll lose if we play like that.”

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