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Pardew hails Zaha response for Palace victory over Spurs

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew was delighted with their 2-1 win over Tottenham.

Pardew's first Barclays Premier League match in charge saw high-flying Tottenham arrive in south London and they struck first, breaking the deadlock early in the second half through Harry Kane.

But then Dwight Gayle tucked away a penalty to draw parity and fine wing work from substitute Wilfried Zaha resulted in a cross which Jason Puncheon turned home, securing a 2-1 victory to end an eight-match wait for a top-flight win.

"It is a great leveller when you have momentum behind the team and, if I could pay credit it to Tony Pulis, the team in the last 15 or 20 minutes looked like the team from last year," Pardew said. "Sometimes momentum can give you that - a goal can give you that momentum.

"I just felt that we needed a bit more maverick behaviour in the team and that was the reason for the sub at half-time and that helped us.

"Then Wilfried came on and gave me exactly the reaction I was looking for. I left him out because I wanted to see, if I am honest, what his reaction would be like.

"This is a boy whose confidence, I think, really needs to be rekindled. That will do him no harm today. That 20 minutes was electrifying - for us both, but more for him, really.

"For me on the sideline, it is not difficult - shout out a few orders. The players have to play. "I thought they were terrific today and in the end, actually, it was our discipline that you really need in a Premier League team and our senior players that see us home.

"There was one unbelievable tackle from Damo [Damien Delaney] when he didn't have any right and the save from Julian Speroni from a Mousa Dembele shot which went everywhere.

"We had all the attributes of a great victory today and an eventful 90 minutes, really, that has worked out really well for us."


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