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Holloway coy on Zaha future

13 January 2013

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway admits they are playing a waiting game over Wilfried Zaha's future - but the winger could not stop his side slumping to a 1-0 defeat against Burnley.

The 20-year-old was at his flying best at Turf Moor but failed to break the Clarets' resilient defence, who got their rewards when Junior Stanislas fired in his first goal since September with 10 minutes remaining.

Zaha has been attracting attention with his displays this season and Holloway, whose side remain in the play-off places, claims he does not know if he will stay at Selhurst Park beyond this month.

"We will wait to see what Wilfried, if he ever does, actually goes for and we can talk about that if and when it happens," said Holloway. "Wilfried beats people and gets brought down and that is very frustrating for him but he has to learn to deal with it.

"You are asking a young referee to make some decisions and I think he got some of those wrong. I am pretty upset with the referee, who, as the away manager, didn't do me any favours whatsoever.

"I thought we were fantastic in the second half. The goal came against the run of play but how we haven't got at least a point I do not know."

Stanislas marked his first start since November by curling a brilliant strike into the top corner - his third goal of the season. Earlier, Grant Burnley got down brilliantly to turn the ball away after Jason Shackell had diverted Jonathan Parr's cross towards his own goal and Mile Jedinak hit the bar in stoppage time, but Sean Dyche's side held on.

Dyche said: "I thought our football was excellent but it was a tight game and we did well to win it. We asked the players to give a lot in their performances and they did that once again.

"I am sure Ian Holloway will argue that Palace should have got something from the game and if you isolate the second half maybe he is right, but over the 90 minutes I think we deserved to win.

"Football is swings and roundabouts and I think we have been hard done by at times but when we apply ourselves then we don't have to worry about silly decisions and we can challenge anyone in the league."

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