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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson urges fans to back Zaha

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is urging fans not to hold a grudge against Wilfried Zaha.

Hodgson hopes the fans will support the 26-year-old, who submitted a transfer request ahead of Thursday's deadline.

"You can't control fans' reactions. Fans will react in the way they feel they should react," said Hodgson.

"Of course I hope that they won't get on Wilf's back. I hope they'll be sympathetic to him and will help him produce more good performances for the team.

"But whatever happens, Wilf will have to deal with that, just as he has had to deal with his disappointment over the last few days in the transfer window.

"I'm expecting him to be able to do those things. But it would be nice if our fans can draw a line under it and give him the support he needs to produce the performances that I as a manager and we as a team really need from him."

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