Wilfried Zaha hits back at Chelsea star Reece James in deleted message | Football

Wilfried Zaha meets Reece James in deleted social media post after Chelsea win

The Crystal Palace star didn’t seem particularly happy with a post from the right-back (Images: Getty)

Wilfried Zaha hit back at Reece James in a now-deleted social media post after the Chelsea defender himself posted a somewhat inflammatory message following Saturday’s dramatic win.

Crystal Palace took an early lead at Selhurst Park through Odsonne Edouard but were pushed back just before half-time when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his first goal for the Blues.

Both teams had chances to find a winner but it was Connor Gallagher – who was on loan to the south London club last season – who secured all three points in the fatality.

Zaha had a quiet game by his usual standards, managing just one shot in the game and just one successful dribble when James kept him under wraps – even forcing the Ivory Coast star to switch to the opposite side at one point.

After the match, James seemed to revel in the defensive work he did against Zaha, posting a picture of the two players on his Instagram page along with a “lock” emoji, denoting how he locked his opponent.

But Zaha appeared to take offense at the post and appeared to refer to it in a message of his own that he posted to his Instagram Stories – which has since been deleted.

The 29-year-old, who had also been inundated with messages from Chelsea supporters on his social media pages claiming he had been plugged in by James, wrote: “Clout is a damn good drug lol but her be safe everyone.”

After deleting the message, he put up a tamer post reflecting on the loss and simply reading, “Win some, lose some. We look forward to fixing it next weekend.”

Chelsea’s 2-1 win was Graham Potter’s first win as manager of the west London club and the new manager was particularly pleased with the three points after being forced to change formations.

Wilfried Zaha meets Reece James in deleted social media post after Chelsea win

Zaha hastily deleted his social media post (Image: Instagram)

“On a personal level, it’s nice to have the first win in your pocket,” Potter said after the game.

“I’m very happy for the players. The away pattern started well, conceding and then getting no points. They could have felt sorry for themselves, but they didn’t.

“They kept pushing. It was a close game. We made it, it could have gone either way, but that’s how difficult it is here.

“We lost Marc [Cucurella], and we felt that a back four would be better for us in this game. You have to be careful with changes. Things have to be right. How we play has to be consistent.”

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