Huddersfield 0 Crystal Palace 1: Wilfried Zaha’s stunner settles it as Eagles win for first time since opening day

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DON’T get Wilfried Zaha mad…because he will only get even.

Zaha was back from injury and raging about a tackle from Huddersfield’s Danish defender Zanka that just earned a booking, leaping to his feet because he wanted more.

Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha scored a stunning solo effort to win Crystal Palace the points
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Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Zaha was back from injury and ran the show for Crystal Palace at Huddersfield
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Briefly Zaha seemed to lose the plot and was soon in the book for catching Florent Hadergjonaj late, an act of revenge and petulance.

Worried team-mate James McArthur even had to have an intervention to calm him down with a few words.

However the Palace star was steamed up, chatting away to anyone who would listen including the subs as they warmed up. The home fans booed his every touch as he took on the pantomime villian role.

But then Zaha settled the score in his head in the best way possible with a stunning goal. He cut in from the left, weaved into space and scorched a shot in at the far post for a stunning 38th minute strike.


Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was relieved to have Zaha back after three straight defeats
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Zaha ran to the crowd who had been jeering him, while the adoring away support sang ‘he’s just too good for you’ and few would argue after that brilliance.

Palace were grateful to their lucky charm who brought them their first win since the opening weekend. He is pricless for them, no matter how huge his latest contract is.

It was a moment of magic that hurt Huddersfield badly. David Wagner’s side were on top until that point and looking good for their first win of the season.

This was much more like the attacking Terriers side of old, their line-up had two wing backs who stretched Palace and should have been rewarded.

Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Zaha was booked for a petulant foul on Florent Hadergjonaj in the first half
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David Wagner Huddersfield
David Wagner’s Huddersfield are still without a win in the Premier League this season
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Steve Mounie leapt to meet a great cross from Chris Lowe but sent his header over, but it was an encouraging sign of their threat.

Hadergjonaj was willing down the right and barely found Mounie too as the Terriers sprayed the ball from side to side and the Eagles were dragged around.

Palace were under pressure and McArthur picked up a booking for a foul before Cheikou Kouyate escaped with a far worse challenge on Philip Billing.

McArthur chopped down Rajiv van la Parra and only got a lecture, but the Palace emotions turned into that wonderful goal from Zaha.

Aaron Mooy hit the post for Huddersfield in a spirited second half show, but they lack the threat in the box that may be the difference between survival and going down.