Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa: Zaha, Eagles soar past slumping Villans

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Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa recap: Eagles fell behind after just five minutes before scoring three unanswered goals to secure thoroughly convincing 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park

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Ollie Watkins put the visitors ahead early on, but the lead lasted just two minutes before Wilfried Zaha pulled Palace level. Zaha made it 2-1

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when he put home the rebound of his own penalty kick (saved by Emiliano Martinez) just before hour mark and Jean-Philippe Mateta added all-important insurance goal in the 71st.

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For far too long, the entirety of Crystal Palace’s attacking gameplan consisted of “get Wilfried the ball and just get out of his way” and very little else.

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 In Eberechi Eze, Palace have a wonderful creative complement to Zaha’s pace and direct approach — intentional languid and ponderous but quick with a burst over short distances,

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When he goes wide and Zaha tucks inside (or vice versa) there’s no end to the danger they pose the right back and center back. Nightmares.

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Odsonne Edouard will score a fair few goals by proximity to Zaha and Eze, but he serves the side best as a facilitator dropping in between the lines. It all fits together so well.

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