Sam Allardyce looks to Crystal Palace to keep the Chairman Wilfried Zaha

Sam Allardyce is confident the Crystal Palace Chairman, Steve Parish, convince them to stay Wilfried Zaha to Selhurst Park next season after his “genius” winger the third time, inspired in consequence of the victory for the former England manager.

An own goal by Watford captain Troy Deeney, put the seal on another elastic defensive display led and facilitated by the strong Mamadou Sakho as a Palace their relegation fears against a treacherous run-in, including matches against all the top-six. But, while you are mustering, without a single shot on goal in a game that was desperate, low quality, Zaha is by far the strongest force acting on the map.

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The ivory coast international has agreed previously on a contract extension with the club he rejected permanently from Manchester United in February 2015 with Palace Tottenham’s £12m bid for him last summer. Mauricio Pochettino is understood to remain keen on pursuing the 24-year-old at the end of the season, although last week, in the parish of speculation dismissed, that a fee had already been agreed, such as “tosh”.

To keep “this is the President the responsibility,” Allardyce said, when asked if it would be difficult, Zaha. “The Spurs were always mentioned, because of the agent, or someone has decided to stir the pot. We all know who stirred the pot, behind the scenes, do it, even if they deny it, but we know that you will do it.”

Palace held the first discussions on the extension of the Zaha contract with his representatives at the beginning of the season, but so far failed to agree terms and conditions. The offer, worth around £40,000 per week, running in the year 2020, and remains significantly lower than some of the other members of the first team squad.

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Allardyce is certainly aware of how important he is for a team who have managed only 11 League goals at home all season. But, after witnessing the castle of the player, Palace of the Academy, as a 12-year-old is getting back from Watford defenders on Saturday, he admitted that the kind of attention is something he must learn.

“He will Hazard kicked, so much as [Eden]. Keep going, Wilf. It is a compliment to you as a footballer, if people can not be said to deal with their ability to foul you, just as consistently as he was fouled, today,” Allardyce.

“He gets terrible treatment from the opposition, because he sent so. He must realize that his genius ability that these guys can’t handle and because they don’t have it ready until the end of the whole time fouling him.”

After the disappointment over the loss of his “dream job” with England in the last year, Allardyce, a spring has at last to have back in his step, with his side now four points clear of the danger included three clean sheets in a row. Asked what had been done for methods to have the best out of Zaha, the was message is simple: “Wilf, smile. Sometimes he looks a bit unhappy, so I say: ‘Wilf, come on, boy, you’re the happiest.’ Everyone who plays in the first team is the happiest person in this club is anybody who plays in professional football are some of the happiest people in this country.”

Craig Cathcart might not agree, after his experience on Saturday. The Watford defender was the man to mark Zaha associated with, and was perhaps lucky to escape an early booking after bringing him down just outside the box. “On his day, he is more or less unplayable, and I think he has a great future ahead of him. But it was a good challenge,” said Cathcart.

Watford’s demise went almost unnoticed, as Walter Mazzarri’s side have struggled since the turn of the year, with seven points separating them from the bottom three there are no alarm bells just yet.

“Everyone seems to be able to beat anyone this season, so every team in the location of said suspension for a surprise,” Cathcart. “We can’t afford to be complacent.”