Crystal Palace secured their first victory under new manager Patrick Vieira in emphatic style, seeing off Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
A red card for Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga just before the hour mark swung an evenly-contested game in the Eagles’ favour, with the 22-year-old being dismissed when the match was still goalless.
Tottenham’s day went from bad to worse soon after when Palace were awarded a penalty following a handball, and Wilfried Zaha made no mistake from the spot.
Summer signing Odsonne Edouard stole the show at the end, bagging a well-taken brace in the closing stages after entering the pitch as an 84th-minute substitute to make his debut for the south London outfit.
However, it was Zaha who was really the star of the show throughout, playing a pivotal part in Vieira securing his first league win for Palace at the fourth time of asking.
As per SofaScore, the Ivory Coast international received a match rating of 8.3 out of 10, the highest of any player who started the game after scoring once and providing an assist for Edouard’s first goal.
However, Zaha’s underlying numbers are arguably even more impressive. After being embroiled in a tussle with Spurs full-back Emmerson Royal during the 90 minutes, Palace’s talisman won a whopping 11 duels, made three key passes and completed six successful dribbles.
The former Manchester United gem had struggled in the early stages of the season, failing to make any goal contributions in his first four appearances of 2021/22, but he returned to form in emphatic fashion this afternoon.
Vieira will be hoping to see more of the same from Zaha throughout the campaign, and if the 28-year-old can reproduce his performance from today on a regular basis, then Palace should be in for an exciting few months.