Wilfried Zaha came off the bench to score the winner to help Crystal Palace produce one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Oriol Romeu gave the hosts the lead in the ninth minute before Eberechi Eze equalized for the visitors in the 60th minute. Just when it looked like both sides would share the points, Zaha came off the bench and scored the winner in the second minute of stoppage time.
Southampton: Forster (6), Walker-Peters (7), Salisu (6), Bednarek (5), Perraud (6), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (7), Redmond (6), Tella (6), Adams (6), Long (7).
Subs: Broja (6), S Armstrong (6), Elyounoussi (n/a).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Clyne (7), Anderson (7), Guehi (6), Ward (6), McArthur (7), Gallagher (7), Schlupp (7), Eze (7), Ayew (7), Mateta (6).
Subs: Zaha (8), Olise (6), Hughes (n/a).
Man of the match: Wilfried Zaha.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira: “I really enjoyed it because going in 1-0 down at half-time, we didn’t deserve that, and we came back in the second half a bit quicker in our passing and we managed to score those two goals. The game against Leeds was in our legs, especially Wilfried, and the plan was for him to come on I think it’s important for players to understand that we are a team and everyone has an important role to play. It was a long journey for Ebs and I’m really pleased for him because being out for seven months is really challenging.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “When you see how we concede the first goal, how easily you give it away, we are in some positions at the moment lacking quality. Not only for the players who have started but also for the players that are coming on. Always when we are in the position to make this next step we fail, and maybe we fail because we are not good enough.”
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