Crystal Palace come from behind to defeat Wolves, thanks to Zaha's goal.

The comeback by Wilfried Zaha's Crystal Palace team in the second half only makes Wolves' precarious start to the season worse.

Crystal Palace come from behind to defeat Wolves, thanks to Zaha's goal.
MATCH WINNER: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (right) scores his team's second goal of the game at Selhurst Park in London during the Premier League match. Pic: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Wilfried Zaha reprised his traditional role as Crystal Palace's talisman to complete his side's second-half comeback, exacerbating Wolves' early-season woes.

A strong start, highlighted by Adam Traore's goal, gave Wolves optimism of their first away victory of the season. However, their failure to extend that advantage proved costly, allowing Palace to comeback via Eberechi Eze before Zaha struck the crucial punch in the 70th minute.

Victory would help Palace's campaign gain momentum, while defeat for Wolves will only add to the pressure on their hunt for a new manager following the firing of Bruno Lage.

Wolves' close Saturday triumph against Nottingham Forest provided a much-needed boost after three straight defeats. But it was evident that if they were to build on that success, they would need to find the type of cutting edge that has been missing from much of their play this season.

The early indicators were not encouraging. First, the visitors were fortunate to escape when Cheick Doucoure came agonizingly close to handing Palace a fourth-minute lead. The midfielder has failed to score since joining from Lens last summer, but he had every right to believe he had when he hit a low shot from 25 yards only to see it ricochet into the inside of the post and away to safety.

Wolves responded quickly and should have taken the lead when Daniel Podence threaded a pass through to Diego Costa following a well-worked passing play. Costa of a few years ago could have seized the opportunity early, but this time he chose to go inside Joel Ward and was unable to settle himself and get his shot away before Ward and keeper Vicente Guaita closed the gap.

As Palace began to dominate possession, that proved to be a rare early opening for the visitors. However, Vieira's team were unable to make inroads against a well-organized Wolves defense, and Sa stayed relatively unharmed.

And it was Wolves who ultimately put together the most incisive move of the first half, putting them ahead in the 31st minute. The ball was passed across the pitch to left defender Hugo Bueno, who drove forward before sending an inch-perfect cross for Traore to head home at the far post.

And Traore's speed almost got him second in the first half extra time. The winger charged down the middle of the field before being stopped by a Doucoure foul 25 yards from goal. With Guaita anchored to his line, Ruben Neves curled the resultant free kick around the wall and against the post.

It was evident Palace would have to show more desire if they were to get back into the game, and, no doubt inspired by Vieira's stern remarks, they took a more optimistic approach right from the start of the second period, taking just a minute to equalize. The architect was Michael Olise, who sent a cross to the far post where Eze was heading past Sa.

Guaita 6; Ward 6; Andersen 7; Guehi 6; Mitchell 6; Schlupp 6; Doucoure 6; Eze 8 (Riedewald 90, 6); Olise 7; Edouard 6; Zaha 8

Johnstone, Goodman, Tomkins, Ebiowei, Balmer, Milivojevic, Ayew, Mateta are the substitutes.

Wolves (4-2-3-1): Sa 6, Collins 7, Kilman 7, Bueno 7, Neves 6, B. A Traore 7 (Guedes 58, 6), Nunes 6 (Hodge 58, 6), Podence 7; Costa 6 (Hee-chan 76, 6).

Sarkic, Mosquera, Jonny, Campbell, and Ronan are the substitutes.

D Coote is the referee.

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