Palace grab late leveller to rock Bilic
SLAVEN Bilic’s do-or-die week ended in disappointment as Wilfried Zaha’s 97th-minute equaliser earned Crystal Palace a draw at home to fellow strugglers West Ham.
Bilic had admitted this was another crunch few days for his future as manager and the visitors looked on course for a morale-boosting win when Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew put them two up at Selhurst Park.
But Palace came roaring back in the second half as Luka Milivojevic’s penalty and a stoppage-time strike from Zaha earned Roy Hodgson’s men a dramatic point.
Before the game, Hodgson (pictured) admitted Palace must reinforce their squad in the January transfer window to stand the best chance of Premier League survival.
Asked if the 4-1 Bristol City defeat in the League Cup underscored the need to improve the squad, Hodgson replied: “I think the only honest and fair answer to that is yes, it does. I think we have got a group of players here who will be good enough to keep us in the league if we can keep performing and use these 29 games to the best of our advantage.
“But to really be sure that we will give ourselves a chance, we certainly do need some reinforcements, because the squad doesn’t go down anywhere near far enough in my opinion to give me the type of options I would like when it comes to putting a team on the field.
“It’s all very well having the same team playing in two matches and doing pretty well in those two matches, but that can’t carry on for 29 matches.”