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Wilfried Zaha Wilfried Zaha has been crucial for Crystal Palace surviving relegation from the Premier League
Melissa Porter | 15 May, 2018, 01:43

Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace is the first he has experienced since being appointed on a caretaker basis, and though he takes pride in restoring the "feelgood factor" Moore insists that that needs to be only the start.

"I'm hoping we get reinforcements but it will be exciting to keep the bulk of this team together and add in areas, and to make certain if we lose players to replace them", said the manager.

Will Crystal Palace's fine form continue when they host relegated West Brom?

The Palace winger has been an integral part of the Eagles Premier League survival, scoring nine goals in his 29 appearances this season, and at times, it felt like he was single handedly dragging the club clear of the drop zone.

Speaking earlier in the week, Hodgson said of Zaha's future at Palace: 'I think Wilf enjoys his football here.

The Baggies soon settled into the compact shape Moore has successfully crafted and while it prevented them from posing a genuine attacking threat, they did nullify the danger of Zaha through to the end of a scoreless first half.

I'm really very disappointed that their last game in the Premier League will be against a team that I'm managing, I'd have preferred that to have fallen to somebody else because I do feel strongly for the club.
And that remarkable run is even more impressive given that the Baggies have faced Premier League heavyweights Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in that time.

"Mentally from the result on Tuesday night, it was hard for us to manage both games against strong opposition. We don't need to sell him".

"I don't blame other clubs for coveting him, but I believe he will still be our player next season".

West Bromwich Albion caretaker coach Darren Moore: "It's been a freakish season really, absolutely weird". Since 2013 the results between Palace and West Brom in all competitions have seen two draws and four wins apiece, with an aggregate score in that stretch of 11-11.