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Manager Dougie Freedman had a rising star and a forgotten man to thank for Crystal Palace's 2-1 Carling Cup win over Middlesbrough.

Teenage winger Wilfried Zaha scored the opener to enhance his blossoming reputation and Calvin Andrew marked a rare opportunity in the team with his first Palace goal in 17 months as Palace gained a touch of revenge after Boro beat them 1-0 in the npower Championship on Saturday.

"Wilfried was fantastic, wasn't he?'' said Freedman. "He's getting better every time we see him, but he knows that's through the hard work he is putting in in training."

Freedman continued: "We spoke about being a team and I felt we were, we worked as individuals for the team. Middlesbrough pass it well and make you work hard but we were up for that challenge.

"Calvin doesn't score many goals because he doesn't get many chances to play, but when he does he puts in the effort and he scored a great goal.

"These days it's a squad game and players understand that. Calvin knows he has to be patient, work hard in training and produce when he's called upon and he did that.

"The team is doing well in this cup and long may it continue.''

Merouane Zemmama pulled one back for the visitors but they could not find an equaliser as they slipped to their first defeat of the season.

Boss Tony Mowbray said: "I can't complain about the effort. For long spells we were the ones trying to create the goals but you've got to stick the ball in the net.

"We were going to lose at some stage this season and we found out at the weekend this is a very difficult place to come, but I'm comfortable with the way we applied ourselves to the game."

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Topics:
Dougie Freedman
Calvin Andrew
Football
Championship
League Cup
Merouane Zemmama
Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough
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