Crystal Palace’s Zaha is improving mentally – Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has asserted Wilfried Zaha is “doing extremely well mentally” on the back of scoring the equaliser in Monday night’s Premier League game with Brighton & Hove Albion.


The Eagles fell behind from a Neil Maupay strike, but Zaha salvaged something for them with a fine effort in the 78th minute, taking his tally to three goals in his last five matches.


“Wilf is doing extremely well mentally because things happen in the game,” Hodgson told the BBC after the match.


“Taunts from the crowd and little fouls off the ball – which he isn’t allowing to upset him as he might have done before.”


Hodgson also highlighted how Zaha’s determination to improve is of great importance to the team.


“I think it’s Wilf’s third goal in four games,” he added. “It’s something he’s worked on and he’s shooting an awful lot more than he used to now in training.


“When you have a player like Wilf and a team with guts and determination you always have a chance.”


Crystal Palace’s next assignment is an away trip up north at Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.

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