This Crystal Palace player has been perfect bench option – with Eagles winning every game he has come on as a substitute in

BY ANDREW MCSTEEN

Crystal Palace have won every Premier League game this season in which Andros Townsend has come off the bench – and not taken maximum points in any match in which he has started.

The attacker has been a sub in the victories over Manchester United, Aston Villa and Saturday’s 2-0 success over Norwich – in which he scored two minutes into stoppage time.

“It was a great ball from Wilf [Zaha], like he’s capable of, and I had to get my shot away quickly,” said Townsend to the South London Press. “I managed to get on the scoresheet, which was nice.

“I got half a yard for myself – in the Premier League that’s all you’re going to get. I managed to get it through some bodies, squeezing it through somebody’s legs and get a well-deserved three points for us.

“Wilf’s been playing really well on the right-hand side, which is probably why I have been outside of the team, but the manager [Roy Hodgson] felt to switch us over and it worked quite well for the goal.

“Whether or not, moving forward, he [Hodgson] switches us again, or when I do come on I come on, on the left, I am happy to do whatever is best for the team. I can’t speak about Wilf, but I’m obviously a lot more comfortable on the right-hand side.

“It was massively important to get the second goal and to put the game to bed. The goal eased the fears of the manager, players and fans and it was nice to have a nice end to the game for once. Thankfully it was me that did it.”

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