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I'm back on track, says Zaha after goal

Newcastle 0 - Crystal Palace 0

By Staff Reporter

Wilfried Zaha is confident he can re-launch his career under Neil Warnock after announcing his return to Crystal Palace in style.

The 21-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Palace in a £15million switch in January last year, headed back to Selhurst Park on loan last week having made only a handful of appearances for his new club.

He was introduced as a 70th-minute substitute at St James' Park and was to have the final say in a dramatic conclusion to an eventful 3-3 draw as he demonstrated the talent which attracted United in a thrilling cameo.

Zaha said: "He [Warnock] has come in and said he doesn't want to change too much really.

"He's let us get on with it and told me to do what I do. He's seen me play before, so he allowed me to go out there and express myself.

"I haven't really played too much, so coming off the bench I don't mind because I'm getting my fitness back. But I'm definitely looking forward to starting a few games."

Zaha's strike came five minutes into seven minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game.

If Zaha claimed the headlines on the pitch, Warnock did so off it as his second spell in charge unfolded in topsy-turvy fashion.

Palace were ahead within 30 seconds through Dwight Gayle.

Daryl Janmaat drew Newcastle level before Yannick Bolasie restored Palace's lead.

Rolando Aarons equalised for Newcastle, Mike Williamson then looked to have won the game for them, before Zaha's late heroics.

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