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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Wilfried Zaha (38')

Wilfried Zaha returns to inspire Crystal Palace's win at Huddersfield

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Huddersfield 0-1 Crystal Palace: Zaha inspires Palace win (2:06)

Wilfred Zaha's solo goal secures three points for the eagles at the John Smith's stadium. (2:06)

Wilfried Zaha underlined his importance to Crystal Palace by scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town, ending their three-match losing run in the Premier League on Saturday.

Palace almost always lose when Zaha is absent, and upon returning to the team after injury, he broke through on 38 minutes, picking up the ball 40 metres out and dribbling between two defenders before firing past goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

It was his eighth goal in 10 Premier League games -- as many as he scored in his previous 44.

"I had one thing in my mind when I went on my run," Zaha said. "I don't think we had many shots but I managed to connect with it well and scored."

Huddersfield were unlucky not to take at least a point, with Aaron Mooy hitting the post, but have struggled in front of goal this season and have now gone five home games without a goal -- their worst run since going six without one in 1972.

Zaha, who was booked for a lunge on Florent Hadergjonaj, said he was not getting enough protection from referees.

"I feel like I'd have to get my leg broken for anyone to get a card," he said. "That's why I lose my head. Why am I getting different treatment from other players? It is every week. I don't know what to say.

"I have tried to speak to the referees. There's nothing I can do any more. It doesn't make you want to go on a run because someone will come through the back of you and it doesn't allow you to express yourself."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 23 +41 60
2 Manchester City 22 +42 53
3 Tottenham Hotspur 22 +24 48
4 Chelsea 23 +21 47
5 Arsenal 23 +16 44
6 Manchester United 23 +13 44
7 Watford 23 0 33
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 -4 32
9 Leicester City 23 0 31
10 West Ham United 23 -4 31
11 Everton 23 +1 30
12 AFC Bournemouth 23 -9 30
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -7 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 -9 22
15 Southampton 23 -15 22
16 Burnley 23 -20 22
17 Newcastle United 23 -12 21
18 Cardiff City 23 -25 19
19 Fulham 22 -29 14
20 Huddersfield Town 22 -24 11