Burley hails super Zaha

Palace boss delighted to be back in the domestic game

Burley: Pleasing win

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Crystal Palace manager George Burley praised youngster Wilfred Zaha after he helped the Eagles to an opening day win against Leicester at Selhurst Park.

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First-half strikes from Zaha, Darren Ambrose and Alan Lee did the damage, although goals from Andy King and DJ Campbell saw the Foxes come close to grabbing an unlikely point.

The former Ipswich and Derby boss was left in no doubt that, with talents such as 17-year-old striker Zaha on the books, Palace can more than hold their own this season.

He said: "It was a cracking game. We knew Leicester are a top side and the first half was magnificent, but I also knew at half-time that it was not over.

"Wilfried Zaha is a cracking prospect and we will give him the opportunity to keep on developing and he will be a big talent.

"The new owners have offered us stability. It was a tough time last season with administration. We have a tight budget but that is the way to run a Championship club you don't want to have the same situation as before."

Burley admitted that he was delighted to be back in the domestic game following his spell as Scotland manager.

"It was great to be back. It was an honour to be a national manager but you miss the day-to-day work with the players," he said.

"The Championship is a tough league but I know it well and it is great to be back and working with some great players."


Paulo Sousa, meanwhile, refused to blame the continuing takeover rumours circling the club for the defeat.

"Everything in football can cause emotions to go up and down. But the players are used to changes and that is not the problem," he said.

"Of course a manager would like all the money to sign the players and make the changes at the club quickly, but this costs a lot of money.

"We need to have the right balance and we are doing the job properly and I have faith in my players and know we can be stronger than we were today."