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Zaha tells Pardew: I'll smile when I need to

Zaha says he'll smile when he wants. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has responded to his manager Alan Pardew's claim that he should cheer up by saying: "I will smile when I need to."

Following Palace's 3-1 win over QPR - in which Zaha scored the first goal - just over a week ago, Pardew said the 22-year-old had not been "smiling enough" and was prone to having "a little sulk".

Pardew suggested that was something Zaha needed to "get rid of", along with thoughts of his disappointing time with Manchester United, for the good of his game and career.

The twice-capped England international then showed a range of emotions on Saturday in Palace's 2-1 victory at Stoke, looking frustrated as he picked up a booking for shoving Geoff Cameron but then grinning broadly after he netted for a second successive match, coolly slotting away what proved to be the winner.

And Zaha said after the contest: "When it is time to be serious I'm serious. When it is time to play around I will play around.

"I will smile when I need to."

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QPR boss describes Crystal Palace game as 'cup final'

QPR boss Chris Ramsey views Saturday's game at Crystal Palace as a "cup final" with both London sides battling to avoid relegation.

Ramsey is desperate for points at QPR. Credit: PA

Rangers have lost their last three Premier League games, including a 2-1 home defeat to Ramsey's former side Tottenham last time out, and are 18th in the standings - three points adrift of safety.

Palace are 12th but only eight points above QPR.

We understand this game is a cup final for us. You don't have to say much to the players. Everyone wants to stay in the division.

All of our games are a must-win from now on. Everyone is fighting and we have to win soon in order not to become detached.

– QPR manager Chris Ramsey

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Palace midfielder McArthur: Pearson scared me

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur says he was scared during his confrontation with Leicester manager Nigel Pearson on Satruday.

Pearson appeared to grab the Scot's neck after McArthur fell to the ground in front of him.

James McArthur and Nigel Pearson clashed. Credit: PA

“I got a bit scared, to be honest. These things happen and you see it quite a lot with managers and players throughout the game, so I’m not bothered by it," McArthur told the Croydon Advertiser.

“I’ve collided into him and he said it was only a joke, so I’ll take it in that manner and we move on.

“If it’s on and off the field, it’s going to get blown out of proportion but there’s nothing in it on my part."

Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace

Ledley scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

The Crystal Palace revival under Alan Pardew rolled on as Joe Ledley's winner sunk rock-bottom Leicester.

Ledley's second goal of the season in the 55th minute was enough to give Palace their fifth victory in six matches since Pardew took up the reins and move them six points clear of the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.

Anderson sealed Crystal Palace move after six-minute hat-trick against reserves

Pardew has thrown Anderson in at the deep end. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will throw non-league signing Keshi Anderson straight into the squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League relegation clash at Leicester.

Anderson, 19, joined Palace on deadline day from Barton Rovers, who play in Southern League Division One Central - seven tiers below the top flight.

The striker has scored 19 goals for Rovers this season but secured his move after notching a six-minute hat-trick against Palace in a trial match for Brentford.

"Six minutes isn't bad is it? He's just got a chance, that's what it is," Pardew said.

"It's an opportunity for him, he trained with us today and I've put him in the squad tomorrow.

"It'll be good experience for him to come to see what goes on and his headlights are still full on."

"I told him (Anderson) this morning to forget where he has come from, to forget about the fee."

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