Wilfried Zaha's zest gets Crystal Palace pushing on for Ian Holloway

Peterborough United 1 Crystal Palace 2

london road

Ian Holloway's dream start as Crystal Palace's manager continued at London Road as the visitors' irresistible second-half performance earned its deserved reward with two late goals.

André Moritz and Kagisho Dikgacoi were the scorers – turning the match around with two goals in two minutes – but the star of the show was undoubtedly Wilfried Zaha, the England Under-21 winger who, on his 20th birthday, illuminated this match with his quick feet and lightning speed.

It was a performance that led both managers to describe him as "unplayable" and, not surprisingly, it left Holloway waxing lyrical. "It is wonderful to see such an exhilarating, exciting player – to run with the ball like that, and outrun people running without the ball, is amazing," he said of Zaha, who has drawn a plethora of Premier League scouts to Selhurst Park and, according to newspaper reports, even had Didier Drogba calling him to see if he would switch his international allegiance to the Ivory Coast.

The victory took Palace back to the top of the Championship and left them unbeaten in 13 matches, 10 of them wins. Holloway has stated his ambition to repeat his promotion success with Blackpool by taking Palace up, but whether Zaha will be there beyond January remains to be seen.

Darren Ferguson, the Peterborough manager, described him as "the best player outside the Premiership, hands down". He added: "At times he was unplayable. Since the first time I saw him I thought he was going to go right to the top."

Inevitably Zaha was involved in both goals. After a Zidane-style pirouette in the first half, Zaha produced a similar cameo to free Aaron Wilbraham, who set up his fellow substitute, the Brazilian Moritz, to strike Palace's 80th-minute equaliser. Zaha's break then led to the South African midfielder Dikgacoi finding the far corner for the winner.

But for the Posh goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik, Palace could easily have repeated the five goals they put past Ipswich in Holloway's first game since replacing Dougie Freedman in midweek. He made a series of fine saves to foil Glenn Murray, Yannick Bolasie – Palace's other impressive winger – and Zaha as Peterborough, now second-bottom, tried in vain to cling on to the sixth-minute lead given them by Grant McCann.

But if Peterborough had begun brightly, the second half was one-way traffic towards the 3,000 Palace fans behind Olejnik's goal and eventually the pressure paid off.

Peterborough (3-4-3): Olejnik; Alcock, Brisley, Knight- Percival; Little (Ferdinand, 82), Bostwick, McCann, Newell; Tomlin (Swanson, 63), Berahino (Barnett, 67), Boyd.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Speroni; Ward (Wilbraham, 80), Ramage, Delaney, Parr; Dikgacoi, Jedinak; Zaha, Garvan (Moritz, 74), Bolasie (Blake, 82); Murray.

Referee: G Sutton.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment