Ivory Coast star Zaha inspires Crystal Palace to victory against Chelsea

Ivory Coast star Zaha inspires Crystal Palace to victory against Chelsea

Ivory Coast star, Wilfried Zaha has described Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Chelsea as “a dream” and believes that it will be “massive” for the ailing club’s confidence.

The Eagles, without a point or a goal all season, were expected to succumb to the Premier League champions in Saturday’s encounter at Selhurst Park.

Early on in the game, Nigeria International, Victor Moses was forced off with a hamstring injury.

Roy Hodgson’s side, however, put in an impressive display against Antonio Conte’s charges and went on to claim all three points thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta’s own goal and Zaha’s winner.

“I’m so tired but it was all worth it for the win. We had to win! You never know in football – we had a game plan, worked hard and just took our chances,” the returning winger told BBC Sport.

“The first goal was massive for our confidence – it was a massive boost for the team. My goal was at the right time too, because Chelsea were coming back. I’m buzzing to have scored it.

“Me and Andros Townsend aren’t strikers so we run all over the gaff, but the boss told us that if one had the ball the other needs to get himself into the box.

“It’s a dream, managing to beat Chelsea at home. Definitely, this is the start of a fightback – now we’ve got more confidence we can start to climb up the table.”

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