Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has struggled so far this season, scoring just twice in his 17 appearances, and he’s getting plenty of stick from Watford fans after Saturday’s clash between the two sides.
Those two goals came against Liverpool and Burnley recently. The Ivorian had started the season by going 13 games without finding the back of the net.
His lack of firepower in front of goal resembles that of his teammates’; Roy Hodgson’s men have scored 14 times in their 16 league games this term, with only Watford scoring fewer.
He hasn’t enjoyed his tangles with the Hornets too much over the years; Zaha was particularly unhappy in 2016 when Watford’s mascot, Harry the Hornet, appeared to mock the forward for diving.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in the Premier League over the weekend, with Zaha being booked in the 38th minute.
Zaha wasn’t happy with the decision to award a yellow card, venting his frustration on his personal Instagram account (via Evening Standard).
Crystal Palace’s official Twitter account took a similar view, posting the video with a shrugging emoji.
Watford fans didn’t see it quite the same way, here’s how some of them reacted:
Zaha is hilarious. He literally takes the guy out from behind, falls over and then STILL acts the victim. I hope Harry the Hornet didn’t make him cry this time.
— David (@EasyTen) December 8, 2019
Nonsense…he ran into Kabasale with his leg out…shouldn’t have got a card but had become the biggest moaner in football
— Faheem (@fchud84) December 9, 2019
The card was harsh … the clapping of the tef, however justified, was petulant and could have resulted in a 2nd yellow.
— The Pozzos had a dream (@watfordwest) December 8, 2019
Zaha was lucky not to be sent off in the first half. Lots of off-the-ball tantrums. He almost looked like he was going to take the ball and go home. Thicker skin needed.
— 🅰️🐝⚽️❄️⛄️🎄🎅🏼🎇🎁 (@watfordfocus) December 8, 2019
Its actually embarrassing how much you lot act like victims all the time 😂
— Aaron Fernandez (@AaronJfernandez) December 8, 2019
Glad you’ve shown this. Of course should of been red for the biggest cheat and waste of talent in football. #WatfordFC
— Michael Thomas (@M_WFC) December 8, 2019
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Lucky not to have been sent off. Why are Palace and Zaha so rattled by Watford?
— Sean (@WFCSean) December 8, 2019
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