Eddie Howe says there is more to Crystal Palace than Wilfried Zaha
By Shona Duthie
Last Updated: 28/09/18 10:45am
Crystal Palace have more to them than just Wilfried Zaha, according to Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth face Roy Hogdson's side on Monday at the Vitality Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Zaha has so far scored three goals this season - all of them coming in away games - and is a vital player for the London club who are yet to win a game without him playing since they beat Sunderland in September 2016.
"He is an outstanding player. He did well against us in the two games last year, we found him difficult to deal with," Howe said.
"From our prospective that is something we will look to improve. As I would say with any team it is not just him.
"Yes we need to deal with, be aware of and you have Andros Townsend on the other wing who has had a good start to the season.
"When [Christian] Benteke plays he is a focal point for them, they have got excellent midfielders, a lot of experience.
"So there are a lot of areas that they manage very well. But of course we have good players the other way. We know if we are at the top of our game we are a match for anyone."
Last season the two sides drew 2-2 in both games with Zaha scoring at the Vitality Stadium. In the six games Howe has been in charge of Bourmemouth against Palace he has won one, drawn four, lost one.
He said: "They have been very tight games previously. Last year we had two draws, really entertaining and open games.
"We have always found Crystal Palace to be very tough competitors, very good squad, very experienced manager. I don't envisage this game being too different from the previous ones, hopefully we come out on top of this one."