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Christophe's Suspicions Confirmed


15:28 3rd October 2012

Zaha goal offside but striker still earns praise from Scot

Christophe Berra was sure at the time that Wilfried Zaha’s opening goal for Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening was offside, and video evidence later confirmed the defender’s suspicions.

But the Scot also had words of praise for the England under 21 international who he believes is capable of playing at a higher grade.

He said: “Nothing gives you the divine right to win every game or keep a clean sheet in every game.

“Other teams and players have their day and Palace had theirs with Zaha being on fire.

“All credit to the lad – he’s a good, strong boy and I’m sure he’s got a bright future.

“I’m sure if he keeps on putting in those type of performances, someone from the Premier League will snap him up.”

Christophe was a little less complimentary about the decision that lead to Saha’s opener.

“We’ve watched it back on the video and the first goal was clearly offside – I don’t know what the linesman was doing but their attacker started off from behind me,” he explained.

“I could feel him near me and the video doesn’t lie, so it was a bad decision.”

Of Wolves’ performance he added: “I thought we probably played better on Saturday but it was just disappointing getting beat 2-1.

“You don’t expect to get beat if you’re on form at this level but when their goals came in the second half, they came out of nothing from two counter-attacks.”

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