The 28-year-old Ivory Coast explains why he took a penalty kick and his joy at reaching the 500th top goal for the charges of Patrick Vieira
Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha said that drove him to take the penalty kick, which opened the scoring for his team when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
The winger took the initiative to return from the spot in the 76th minute after Conor Gallagher delivered a penalty to Palace, and his starting point was the Eagles’ 500th Premier League goal in the home win at Selhurst Park.
With Tottenham reduced to 10 men after Japhet Tanganga was sent off in the 58th minute after a clumsy challenge on Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew, Palace, led by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, scored two more goals with the debut, Odsonne Edouard, to claim their first win of the season on game day four.
Zaha explained why he stood up to take the punishment and promised to like more of this campaign.
“I just told myself I feel like I’m holding myself back a lot,” Zaha told the club official. website. ‘I’m not even telling myself I can’ t do things, I’m just doing it. One day I just thought, ‘Why don’t I take fines?’
‘You will see me turn soon, free kicks! Why do I limit myself? So today [Saturday] I see a penalty kick coming, and yes, I’m taking it … as long as I keep recording it, you’ll see more of me, don ‘t worry.
“I know, everyone on the team knows what I do for the team. But at the end of the day, I just want to get my name on the leaderboard; I feel it’s really important because goals win matches. ”
Commenting on the overall performance of the team, Zaha said: ‘We have clearly worked hard and I am glad that everyone can see what we have been working on from today’s performance.
“As we play, we definitely get a chance. I feel that it is not just counter-attacks and embracing the ball, if it is properly planned as we play the goals. ”
Counting what the palace’s 500th goal was in the top flight, Ivory Coast said: ‘I’m always happy to score goals for the club, so I hear it’s the 500th goal for the club.
‘I’m glad my goal today can help secure a comfortable 3-0 win.
‘It just shows that we are not just a counter-attacking team; we can actually play behind and play through teams. Today we have clearly shown that we are definitely improving. ”
Zaha will be hoping to continue his good career when Palace travel to Anfield to tackle Liverpool on their next task on 18 September.