Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Zaha shows his class

In a painful evening's viewing for Addicks, Wilfried Zaha showed why Sir Alex considered him worth £20m. After an ineffectual showing in his first leg, he threatened briefly in the first-half but came to life second and scored two devastating finishes that killed Brighton off. We will now need to rely on Italian mercenaries to do the job in the final if parity is to remain south of the river.

Albion looked capable of completing their mission in the opening period but once again Julian Speroni looked like he had made a pact with the Devil to ensure he kept a clean sheet. Brighton should have scored when Ashley Barnes got in one-on-one with Speroni with his first touch having come on from the bench but Speroni managed to get a finger on the spot and it was just enough to divert it up and onto the bar. After that Palace seized control of the match with a series of quick counter-attacks that had Brighton all-at-sea. 

Having reversed their recent league form, Palace will be more confident about the final in a fortnight's time. Let's hope Gianfranco Zola can gain revenge for his pal Gus Poyet. 

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