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'Zaha was frustrated not to score hat-trick', says Palace boss Hodgson

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson hailed Wilfried Zaha's desire after revealing he was disappointed to miss out on a hat-trick in the Eagles' 5-1 thrashing of West Brom.

The striker's brace, after his recovery from coronavirus, helped fire Palace to their biggest ever Premier League away win.

It was also the first time a Hodgson side had scored five times away from home in the league since February 2012, when his West Brom side won 5-1 at Wolves.

Christian Benteke also netted twice after Darnell Furlong's own goal gave Palace the lead on Sunday.

Conor Gallagher did make it 1-1 in the first half before Matheus Pereira's red card handed Palace an advantage which they exploited – although Zaha wanted more goals.

Hodgson said: "He was a bit disappointed I took him off with 10 minutes to go because he wanted a hat-trick. That's a good sign.

"I would have been less happy if he said, 'I was quite content to come off, I don't knee the third goal'.

"I see it from Wilf all the time, I've seen it over the last three-and-a-half years. We know he has that ability when we can get the ball to his feet in the final third.

"What he has added to his game this year is goal-scoring. If Wilf can keep that up it bodes very well for us."

- TEAMtalk media

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