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Zaha hails Pardew's influence

Wilfried Zaha says Alan Pardew's appointment has brought the feel-good factor back to Crystal Palace.

After a turbulent four-year spell at Newcastle, the former Eagles midfielder last week returned to his old stomping ground as Neil Warnock's successor.

Tottenham were the visitors in Pardew's first Premier League game at the helm - a match which he oversaw a timely end to an eight-match winless streak.

Palace rallied impressively after going behind early in the second half to Harry Kane's latest goal, with Dwight Gayle levelling from the spot before Jason Puncheon struck to secure a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.

The winner came courtesy of a wonderful piece of wing play by Zaha, whose "electrifying" performance impressed Pardew as much as his response to starting from the bench.

"I think the gaffer has brought a high around the team again," the on-loan Manchester United winger said.

"I'd heard a couple of good things about him before he came in and he's brought something different which will help us move forwards."

Keane: Drop

is no option

Michael Keane insists he cannot even contemplate relegation after turning his back on Manchester United for Burnley.

The 21-year-old central defender has signed for the Clarets on a permanent basis after several months on loan and performed exceptionally in the 2-1 win over QPR in his first match after formally cutting ties with United.

Keane, an England Under-21 international, admitted it was a wrench to leave the club he joined as a nine-year-old.

He said: "It was a big decision. I spoke to my family about it for ages because I had been there for nearly 12 years now. But I felt it was the right time, especially as I am playing regularly and I wouldn't get that at United at the minute.

"Now we want to stay in this league and we believe with the performances we have been putting in recently we can do.

"It was a huge game for us and we knew we had to win, especially at home against the teams that are around us."

Burnley had two excellent goals, and at odds with windy, freezing conditions, to thank for the three points, from Scott Arfield and Danny Ings either side of a Charlie Austin penalty.


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