Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Ross Houston
October 17, 2017

Without a couple of big names, last year's champions Chelsea were handed an unlikely 2-1 defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace, who hadn't picked up a point nor scored a goal all season prior.

Palace were without a goal or a point heading into their home clash with the champions this weekend, but their fortunes turned when Zaha struck a 45th-minute victor after Tiemoue Bakayoko had cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta's early own goal.

There were plenty more thrills and spills in the Premier League this weekend.

I wonder what the pair thought of a match where Newcastle played very well overall but gave away two poor goals.

"Wilf's pace and his desire to go past people with and without the ball, those are incredible qualities", said Hodgson, praising the way Zaha had linked up with England winger Andros Townsend throughout.

"They've got to really focus on the Champions League, and making sure they get in the top four".

These fans miss the blindingly obvious - Zaha is actually a bloody good player!

"It would be a little unfair that a performance we're all proud of is because one good player who hasn't been playing returned".

"All of us coaches want centre-forwards that can do that and I was most impressed that he played 97 minutes - if you include the stoppage time - and yet still he was running at the end".

No one gave the Eagles any hope of success on Saturday when Chelsea arrived at Selhurst Park.

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