Monday 10 December 2018

Fit Zaha gives Palace hope

Huddersfield Town 0 Crystal Palace 2

Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Getty Images
Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Getty Images

Mark Walker

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was relieved Wilfried Zaha avoided another injury in his side's win at relegation rivals Huddersfield. Zaha had been out since early February with a knee injury, but returned to help give Palace's survival hopes a major boost as goals from James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic secured them their first win in over two months.

"You'll have seen he took quite a few kicks there towards the end of the game," said Hodgson, whose side climbed out of the bottom three to within a point of Huddersfield, who remain in 15th place.

"We were breaking out on quite a few occasions and getting the ball up the field and of course Wilf carries the ball.

"On a couple of occasions he was stopped by a foul and the referee gave the free-kicks, but he took a couple of knocks. He worked very hard. It was his first full game for seven weeks I think, a long time out.

"I haven't been given any indication he's picked up any serious injury, we're more concerned injury-wise about Jeffrey Schlupp having to come off.

"He's rolled his ankle and of course you worry some ligament damage has been done, but we won't know until he's had the scan."

Zaha, withdrawn in the 89th minute, had missed Palace's previous four games, which all ended in defeat. In the nine matches he has missed in total this season, the Londoners have failed to secure a point.

Tomkins stabbed home from close range following a corner to give Palace a flying start and skipper Milivojevic converted a 68th-minute penalty after Andros Townsend had been brought down by Mathias Jorgensen.

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