Class and quality invariably wins Premier League games and few provided a more obvious example of it than this.
Wilfried Zaha returned to training only on Thursday but was able to provide Roy Hodgson with the anniversary present he wanted as he celebrated a year in the Crystal Palace job.
The winger collected a Jordan Ayew pass on the left, cut inside two defenders and curled a right-foot shot beyond Jonas Lossl to deliver a real moment of class on 38 minutes.
It proved the decisive moment in a game where he had become the pantomime villain for more than 20,000 passionate home supporters. Zaha was the victim of a lunge from Mathias Jorgensen 10 minutes before his goal and was furious when referee Lee Mason brandished only a yellow card.
He took his frustration out with his own dreadful tackle on Huddersfield wing-back Florent Hadergjonaj. He looked in danger of being sent off – Masson again flourished yellow – but recovered his composure to become the game’s dominant force.
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