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Palace man wants to play up front

Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha says he is more comfortable playing as a striker rather than his usual place on the wing.

Zaha has flourished under Roy Hodgson this season and has been a key man in their ascent to mid-table safety following a horrendous start to the campaign.

The Ivorian winger has scored eight goals in 28 appearances this season and has been praised by many for adding more end product to his very obvious talents.

And the 25-year-old admits the shift in focus of playing a more central role suits him better.

"In terms of being in and around the goal, it is easier because I don't have to do as much work as when I am out there as a winger," he told after receiving the player of the month award at the club's training ground in Beckenham.

"Up front, I just have to make the right runs at the right time, and play more simple, and I think I have managed to do that.

"I think I prefer playing up front really, because I feel that if I make the right run, or if I get the ball at the right time, I can just be one-on-one with a defender, and then if I manage to get past the centre-back I am one-on-one with the keeper."

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