Dougie Freedman wants Wilfried Zaha to realise his potential at Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman hopes Wilfried Zaha will stay at Selhurst Park to realise his "huge potential".
Last Updated: 07/10/12 8:57am
The 19-year-old scored two goals in their thrilling 4-3 victory over Burnely as the Eagles fought back from 2-0 down.
Chris McCann and Martin Paterson had put the visitors ahead, only for Zaha to level things up with goals either side of half-time.
"Wilfried Zaha has decided this year that he is going to commit himself to football and I think that he understands you have to do that it you want to play football at the very highest level," Freedman said.
"He is certainly a young man who has got huge potential and hopefully he can fulfil that. I think this is the place to fulfil it because he is expressing his talent week in, week out in front of a very good crowd.
"The young man will mature under that and his game understanding will get better. I have seen him play better than today but I have very high standards with Wilfried, as I have with a lot of players.
"Overall I am very, very happy because it has been a tremendous week's work. There was a great physical effort put into the three games that we won and they were three different games we've had to play.
"Today was always going to be difficult for us. They were not going to come here and lie down. I felt they scored two goals against the run of play that put us on the backfoot, but I felt the response from the lads, the spirit we've got in the dressing room and that little bit of quality up top won us the game."