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Crystal Palace's Zaha handed one-match ban

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been given a one-match suspension by the Football Association for improper conduct. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been given a one-match suspension by the Football Association for improper conduct.

The charge relates to the Premier League game against Southampton at St Mary's on January 30, where Zaha sarcastically applauded referee Andre Marriner and was subsequently sent off for a second yellow card offence.

The 26-year-old, who has also been fined £10,000, will not have his ban implemented immediately while he is given time to decide if he wants to appeal the decision, making him available for the home match against West Ham this weekend.

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Hodgson targets striker for Crystal Palace in transfer window

Hodgson wants a new striker at Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson admits signing a striker is Crystal Palace's top priority during the January transfer window.

The Eagles laboured to a 1-0 victory over Sky Bet League Two opponents Grimsby, who had Andrew Fox sent off in the second minute of their FA Cup third-round tie at Selhurst Park.

Thirty attempts at goal followed before substitute Jordan Ayew emphatically headed in Jeffrey Schlupp's cross with only three minutes of regular time remaining and Hodgson views the failure to capitalise on so many chances as further evidence that Palace are lacking a finisher.

"Getting a striker is obviously something we would like because as we've seen once again, we can't do much more in terms of dominating games," Hodgson said.

"It's pretty obvious that if we had that person who score goals from nothing, or scores goals from half-chances, we'd be a lot higher up the Premier League and would have won our FA Cup game a lot earlier.

"It's early days in the transfer window and everybody knows this is a tough transfer window because clubs aren't eager to let players go if they're good enough.

"You're looking for the rare pearl - someone who is good enough who will make us better who at the same time for some reason is being released by their club."

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