Dougie Freedman was full of praise for 18-year old Wilfried Zaha after he scored and claimed an assist to put Crystal Palace into the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

It was the second time Palace faced Middlesbrough in just three days, losing 1-0 at Selhurst Park at the weekend.

However, Palace took the impetus away from their visitors and knock them out of the competition.

“Zaha was fantastic,” Said Friedman.

“I feel he is getting better every time he plays. He knows he is getting better through the hard work he is putting in during training.

“His dedication and his football at the moment is second to none. There are a lot of key factors in Wilfried getting better but I thought he was excellent.”

Friedman also reserved praise for the rest of the team, citing the hard work being shown in all areas of the pitch as a key factor in the win.

“I felt we were a good team,” the 37-year-old manager added.

“We worked hard as individuals for the team and I thought that saw us through the last 20 minutes of the game.

“It was difficult against a very good Middlesbrough team, who pass it and make you work but I thought we were up for that challenge.”


 

Calvin Andrew scored the second for Palace, and his first goal for the club since April 2010.

“Calvin does not score many goals because he doesn’t get many chances,” Friedman said about the striker.

“He doesn’t play as often as he may like but when he does he puts in a great effort and he got a great goal.

“Calvin understands he needs to be patient and he needs to work hard in training.

“When called upon he has to produce the goods and to be fair he has done it this round.”

Palace face a struggling Doncaster Rovers this weekend, a game Friedman will be expecting his side to take all three points from after the confidence boosting victory over Boro.

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