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The Eagles rounded off their season on a high by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on the final day, coming on the back of victories over Stoke City and Leicester City.

Despite West Brom's recent improvement under caretaker manager Darren Moore, goals from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt meant the central England club finished bottom of the standings.

Eight minutes later, Van Aanholt netted for the third successive game by collecting Loftus-Cheek's pass and rounding Foster to put the ball over the line despite Hegazi's attempts to clear. "It's a really nice end to what's been a topsy-turvy season for us".

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Crystal Palace looked destined for the drop earlier in the season when they lost their first seven games without scoring a goal, but Zaha and his team-mates completed a remarkable turnaround under Roy Hodgson.

The game picked up after the break and Palace went in search of the breakthrough goal with Foster saving from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Zaha and Andros Townsend fired shots off target.

This final outing, though, was all about Hodgson and regular match-winner Zaha, who broke the deadlock in the 70th minute from a Van Aanholt assist, the Netherlands worldwide doubling the advantage eight minutes later.

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City still retain an interest in Mahrez, it iis reported, but Zaha, who would be considered a homegrown player under Premier League rules, has moved to the top of his attacking wish-list.

Five years after leaving the Eagles the first time, the winger is a better and more experienced player, who many would say is worthy of battling for a place in a better squad, as he once attempted with United.

Wilfried Zaha has been crucial for Crystal Palace surviving relegation from the Premier League.

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