Wilfried Zaha blasts Crystal Palace’s defensive approach that cost them the win over Brentford

Wilfried Zaha blasts Crystal Palace’s defensive approach that cost them the win against Brentford after Yoane Wissa’s late equalizer… and admits it was easy to ignore transfer links to Arsenal and Chelsea

  • Wilfried Zaha scored a brilliant opener before Yoane Wissa equalized for Brentford
  • Zaha doesn’t understand why the team didn’t try to push for a second goal
  • The 29-year-old has also admitted he has found it easy to ignore speculation
  • Chelsea and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in his signature

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has slammed the team’s defensive approach after the draw with Brentford.

The Ivorian put the Eagles ahead at Selhurst Park with a stunning strike from the edge of the box against the Bees in the 59th minute, but his side couldn’t keep the three points when Yoane Wissa leveled in the 88th minute to tie the ball Share to share the spoils.

In his post-match interview, Zaha didn’t hold back as he didn’t understand why the team decided to defend their lead instead of going ahead and trying to score a second goal to wrap up the game.

Wilfried Zaha wasn't happy with Crystal Palace's defensive approach after the opener

Wilfried Zaha wasn’t happy with Crystal Palace’s defensive approach after the opener

He told BT Sport: “I’m at a loss for words. Just a lack of concentration ruins all the hard work. We literally just had to hold onto it.

“As soon as we took the lead, we just started defending. I don’t understand why we’re doing this. If we just keep going I feel like we could have gotten a second and just finished the game. But in the end we just killed ourselves.

“We knew about their set pieces and throw-ins, but it’s a thing where you have to get through the first 30-35 minutes and then there’s more space in the second half. Then more opportunities were created.

Zaha scored a stunning goal to put Crystal Palace ahead against Brentford

Zaha scored a stunning goal to put Crystal Palace ahead against Brentford

Palace then tried to defend the lead but the win was denied after Yoane Wissa's late equaliser

Palace then tried to defend the lead but the win was denied after Yoane Wissa’s late equaliser

“Our problem at the moment, which we will fix in due course, is just last-minute goals. It throws away all the performance.

“Today was far from our best performance. But we should at least go with all three points.’

The 29-year-old was linked with a move from the Eagles this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has said he believes Zaha will stay at the club

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has said he believes Zaha will stay at the club

However, Zaha was undeterred by the speculation and remained focused on the task at hand with Crystal Palace.

London-based sides Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in the 29-year-old and could give him one last try at one of the best sides in the country.

He said: “It wasn’t difficult at all. I just focused on Palace in every game. I went to training and I enjoyed it.

Zaha has attracted interest from Chelsea and Arsenal during the summer transfer window

Zaha has attracted interest from Chelsea and Arsenal during the summer transfer window

“We have a huge understanding, everyone understands me. It’s different, it’s like family here.

“I’m happy to score goals, but I only think about the team.

“It doesn’t mean anything, now we have a draw – back to the drawing board.”

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