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 Post subject: Re: Crystal Palace
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:52 pm 
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Sam Allardyce has suggested the Football Association should take action against Watford’s club mascot for mocking the Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha went down inside the area in the 87th minute of Palace’s 1-1 draw at Watford on Boxing Day, but despite contact he was booked for diving by the referee, Mark Clattenburg. That denied Palace of a second penalty in the match as the former England manager Allardyce had to settle for a point from his first game in charge.

Watford’s mascot, Harry the Hornet, got involved after the final whistle, diving at Zaha’s feet when the player went to applaud the Palace fans. “The mascot is out of order, isn’t he? If someone is diving, they don’t get that angry,” Allardyce said. “There’s contact. It wasn’t given.”

According to several national newspapers, he then suggested there might be consequences for the mascot. “That’s up to Watford to sort that out, really,” he said. “The Premier League and FA can look at that and do what they want to do. It could have made the wrong reaction, as we know. But I didn’t see it. I’m more concerned about my team, the overall performance.”

Allardyce had no doubts Zaha should have been awarded a spot-kick. “That was a penalty,” he said. “There may be an argument that the first contact is outside the box, but it would have been difficult to judge. To get nothing at all, and Wilfried booked, is very disappointing.”

The 24-year-old Zaha has received a number of bookings for simulation in his career. Asked whether he felt Zaha was being judged on reputation, Allardyce said: “You’ll have to ask the referees, ask [referees’ chief] Mike Riley. If they are refereeing on reputation and not fact or incident, that’s a black mark against them.”

Palace had already been awarded one penalty in the first half, but Christian Benteke missed the chance to give them a two-goal cushion and it proved costly. Troy Deeney’s second-half penalty – the 100th Watford goal of his career – cancelled out Yohan Cabaye’s 26th-minute strike.

Watford’s manager Walter Mazzarri played down the incident involving the mascot. “Let’s laugh altogether about this,” he said. “Everything doesn’t have to be a drama. I couldn’t see [the Zaha penalty incident] from where I was standing. Believe me, I didn’t see that. Or our penalty.”


To be honest I'm convinced 99.9% of mascots are a danger to children


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 Post subject: Re: Crystal Palace
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:45 pm 
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:lol: I would say hats off to Mascot ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
on Rooney ,Jan 16th, ..and as they rest is history


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 Post subject: Re: Crystal Palace
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:16 pm 
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Crystal Palace will resist any renewed interest from Tottenham Hotspur in their Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha next month and remain confident they will eventually agree a new contract with him to extend his stay at Selhurst Park.

Zaha, Palace’s most impressive player over a difficult season to date, will feature for Sam Allardyce’s side against Arsenal on Sunday and Swansea next Tuesday before joining his new Ivory Coast team-mates on a pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp in Abu Dhabi. That tournament begins on 14 January meaning the 24-year-old could be absent for the entirety of the mid-season transfer window, potentially missing up to four Premier League games as well as his club’s initial involvement in the FA Cup.

His absence may not deter Spurs from offering a deal potentially worth £30m for a player they coveted in the summer, when Palace dismissed a derisory offer of £12m for their youth-team graduate. The Palace chairman Steve Parish made clear then that he would not countenance the player’s sale, and that stance has not shifted. Allardyce, while disappointed that he is to lose Zaha at a critical early stage of his tenure, also recognises the impact he can have over the remainder of season.

Instead, Palace will endeavour to reach an agreement with the forward’s representative over a longer-term deal at the club. Zaha’s current contract runs to 2020 but, at around £40,000-a-week, he is not among the bigger earners at Selhurst Park. The intention to extend on improved terms was first mooted at the end of last season, with talks held in September and an offer lodged which would see the winger’s wage raised to parity with that of the captain, Scott Dann, on around £65,000-a-week.

Yet the player’s entourage have seen Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye and Andros Townsend signed on higher terms over the last two summers and are arguing that, as one of Palace’s key performers, he should be earning a similar amount. Talks are likely to continue aimed at reaching a compromise, with Palace intent upon retaining the player.

The relationship between Parish and Zaha remains strong, with the chairman understood to have spoken at length with the winger regarding his frustration at a lack of recent opportunities with England. The player’s two caps were awarded by Roy Hodgson in friendlies back in 2012 and 2013 and, while he has represented the under-21s in the period since, he has now decided to pledge his future to Ivory Coast.

That decision was made in consultation with the Palace hierarchy and effectively with the club’s blessing, and confirmed despite Gareth Southgate’s late intervention to try and convince the player to remain eligible for England. It is understood the England manager did not offer any assurances over future selection in those discussions, with Zaha duly deciding to pursue his switch back to the country of his birth. The winger may still be uncapped by Ivory Coast but the coach, Michel Dussuyer, has already made clear his intention to use him as a replacement for the injured Gervinho in the tournament in Gabon.


Not sure a player like Zaha survives at the top clubs as he isn't consistent enough with his performances but he deserves to be getting top money at Palace.

Reports I've seen suggest Cabaye, Benteke & Townsend earn close to the £100k a week bracket if Zaha helps them stay up this season then he should get that sort of deal.

As for England it's a shame he's switching we don't have much quality in wide positions but until this season his club form hasn't really warranted a call up but in current form you'd have him in ahead of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Townsend


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 Post subject: Re: Crystal Palace
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:40 pm 
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Sam Allardyce is hopeful the Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish, can persuade Wilfried Zaha to stay at Selhurst Park next season after his “genius” winger inspired a third successive victory for the former England manager.

An own goal from the Watford captain, Troy Deeney, put the seal on another resilient defensive display led by the resurgent Mamadou Sakho as Palace eased their relegation worries before a treacherous run-in that includes matches against all of the top six. But, while they won without mustering a single shot on target in a game that was desperately low on quality, Zaha was by far the most potent attacking force on show.

The Ivory Coast international has so far failed to agree a contract extension with the club he rejoined permanently from Manchester United in February 2015, with Palace having rejected Tottenham’s £12m offer for him last summer. Mauricio Pochettino is understood to remain keen on pursuing the 24-year-old at the end of the season, although last week Parish dismissed speculation that a fee had already been agreed as “tosh”.

“That’s the chairman’s responsibility,” Allardyce said when asked if it would be difficult to retain Zaha. “Spurs were always mentioned because agents or somebody decided to stir the pot. We all know who stirs the pot, behind the scenes, who do it, even though they deny it, but we know they do it.”

Palace held initial talks over extending Zaha’s contract with his representatives at the start of the season but have so far failed to agree terms. His deal, worth around £40,000 a week, expires in 2020 and remains significantly lower than several other members of the first‑team squad.

Allardyce is certainly aware how important he is for a side who have managed only 11 league goals at home all season. But, having witnessed the player who joined Palace’s academy as a 12-year-old being repeatedly taken out by Watford’s defenders on Saturday, he admitted that kind of attention is something he must get used to.

“He gets kicked as much as [Eden] Hazard. Keep going, Wilf. It’s a compliment to you as a footballer when people can’t cope with your ability and have to foul you just as persistently as he was fouled today,” Allardyce said.

“He gets terrible treatment off the opposition because he’s so skilful. He’s got to realise that’s down to his genius ability that these lads can’t cope and because they can’t cope they’ve got to end up fouling him all the time.”

After the disappointment of losing his “dream job” with England last year Allardyce finally has a spring back in his step with his side now four points clear of danger having recorded three clean sheets in a row. Asked what methods he had employed to get the best out of Zaha, the message was simple: “Wilf, smile. Sometimes he looks a bit miserable so I say: ‘Wilf, come on lad, you’re the luckiest.’ Everyone who plays in the first team is the luckiest person at this club, everyone who plays professional football are some of the luckiest people in this country.”

Craig Cathcart might not agree after his experience on Saturday. The Watford defender was the man assigned to mark Zaha and was perhaps lucky to escape a booking early on after bringing him down just outside the box. “On his day he is more or less unplayable and I think he has a great future ahead of him. But it was a good challenge,” said Cathcart.

Watford’s decline has gone almost unnoticed as Walter Mazzarri’s side have struggled since the turn of the year, although with seven points separating them from the bottom three there are no alarm bells ringing just yet.

“Everybody seems capable of beating anyone this season, so every team is capable of springing an upset,” Cathcart said. “We can’t afford to be complacent.”


Unless he thinks he's good enough to start for the team he's joining he should stay where he is he's a guy who needs to be playing football he already lost time at Utd over a badly timed move.

Talented player just not sure he has the consistency for the very top teams where a few bad games can see you out of favour for a month.


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