Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward claims to get 'different treatment'

Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward claims to get 'different treatment'

It is clear, even this early in the Premier League season, that Wilfried Zaha is likely to make the difference for Crystal Palace between a relegation battle and relative comfort.

His claim comes after he was pulled to the ground by Huddersfield's Mathias Jorgenson, who was booked for the incident, during Palace's 1-0 win over David Wagner's side.

Palace has lost its last 12 league games when Ivory Coast winger Zaha has been absent, the latest of which came in the London club's previous game, a 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton before the global break. "So yeah, I just don't understand it, and it's every week, every referee".

Palace have lost their last 10 games without their talisman, who scored in their opening weekend over Fulham as well as the more recent 4-2 defeat at joint leaders Watford.

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"I end up arguing with referees because today the guy studded me in my shin - do they need to break my leg before anyone gets a red card?" It's like, why am I getting different treatment than other players? "I don't think we had many shots but I managed to connect with it well and scored".

On learning to cope without Zaha, Hodgson added: 'I said that at the last press conference.

"Because you don't want to go on a run because you feel like someone will come through the back of you and you'll get injured". I don't know what to say. "But I've just got to let my feet do the talking".

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