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Allardyce toasts “one hell of a week” for Palace after stunning win over Arsenal

Date Posted,April 9, 2017

Sam Allardyce savoured his “best week” as Crystal Palace boss after they took a giant step towards survival.

Palace stunned top-four hopefuls Arsenal to claim a fifth win in six and move six points clear of the bottom three.

Victory made it two big scalps for Allardyce, whose side also upset the odds last week to beat champions-elect Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

(Photo: AFP/Getty)

And Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Southampton couldn’t dampen delighted Allardyce’s mood. He said: “It’s the best week. Certainly Chelsea away, a little blip at Southampton, then Arsenal at home.

“The two victories were such great victories, in such a short space of time… but it was well deserved.

“Well deserved, and that’s the big thing. It’s what we aspire to and what we achieved.

“It’s been one hell of a week for me and everyone at Crystal Palace.”

Crystal Palace celebrate their third goal (Photo: Getty)

Allardyce claimed “all 11 Palace players, I think were man of the match” but reserved special praise for Wilfried Zaha.

The red-hot winger set up Palace’s first two goals to make it nine assists for the season, the second-highest tally in the Premier League.

Allardyce said: “I don’t think Wilfried is the finished article just yet. He’s still gaining confidence and learning more.

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend celebrates scoring their first goal with Wilfried Zaha
Allardyce reserved special praise for Zaha, who set up Townsend (Photo: REUTERS)

“His potential is very real. He’s a very good player but he still has the capability to get even better.”

Allardyce admitted his side took full advantage of Arsenal’s lack of confidence, saying: “Arsenal are in a bad run of results, for them.

“There can be a lack of confidence in any side at any time of the season, even the top boys.

“When you punish them by scoring the first goal, that preys on their mind a bit.”

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