Sunday 30 April 2017

Allardyce hails 'start of the recovery' as Zaha lights way

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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters

Sam Allardyce hailed the start of the recovery after Crystal Palace climbed out of the relegation zone with a hard-fought win at West Brom.

Superb second-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend earned Palace victory over their former manager Tony Pulis.

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon challenges Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp. Photo: Reuters
West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon challenges Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp. Photo: Reuters

Palace have now won successive games for the first time under Allardyce and, after a frustrating start to his tenure with the Eagles, his work now seems to be bearing fruit.

The Palace boss said: "It's the start of the recovery, I would say, with back-to-back wins and the performance, both in and out of possession.

"Out of possession gave us the platform for victory and then the ask for better quality in the final third came with two outstanding pieces of quality.

"The first was Wilfried's goal with the diagonal ball, a precision pass taken on his chest, bang, in the back of the net. Then the top goal of our season - I don't know if anyone in the Premier League will beat that one today - of Andros Townsend running from his own half, dribbling all the way into opposition's box and just seeing West Brom off.

Referee Mike Jones is sent flying having been caught between West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore and Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho. Photo: PA
Referee Mike Jones is sent flying having been caught between West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore and Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho. Photo: PA

"That has been a great lift for us all. We have got both sides of the game right today. We got the basics in place."

Allardyce laughed of suggestions of needle between Palace striker Christian Benteke and West Brom defender Jonny Evans, who needed his head bandaged after a first-half collision.

Allardyce said: "It's a pretty soft game if there are no afters anymore. If you want to know about afters, have a chat with me later and I'll tell you what real afters are."

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