Southampton 1 Crystal Palace 1 – Wilfried Zaha sent off after applauding ref for initial booking

BY TOM PRENTKI

Crystal Palace dropped two points at St Mary’s as Wilfried Zaha scored and was sent off on an eventful night on the South Coast.

Palace had looked in control of the game throughout and Zaha’s goal four minutes before half-time looked like it would be enough to give Roy Hodgson’s side a fifth away win of the season.

It came as Andros Townsend broke from the right and found Zaha, who stepped inside the Saints full-back Yan Valery and fired low into the left corner of the net with ex-Eagles keeper Alex McCarthy helpless to stop it.

Hodgson’s side had further chances to score in the second half with Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic both going close to extending the lead.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha applauds referee Andre Marriner after being shown a second yellow card and being sent off during the Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

But, with their only real chance of the second half, Saints found a way back when James Ward-Prowse scored his third goal in successive games and rescued a point for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s rejuvenated side.

The game ended dramatically as Zaha reacted to a challenge from Ward-Prowse and was booked for doing so by Andre Marriner.

The Palace forward reacted to the decision with sarcastic applause and received his second yellow card in a matter of seconds, leading to his dismissal three minutes from time.

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