LONDON (AP) – Wilfried Zaha stressed his importance to Crystal Palace ahead of the transfer deadline but his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford after a late equalizer from Yoan Wessa on Tuesday. become
Zaha, who is reportedly a target for Chelsea and Arsenal before the transfer window closes on Thursday, looked to have given Palace the lead with a stunning 59th-minute opener when he cut inside from the left and Found the far corner outside the penalty. area
Brentford were able to equalize against their London rivals as an unmarked substitute headed home in the 88th.
The visitors almost left Selhurst Park with all three points as Rico Henry missed a golden opportunity in stoppage time before Ben May headed over the crossbar.
Michael Ulis hit the post for Palace before Zaha’s goal, while many of Brentford’s forwards suffered from a lack of cutting edge.
Zaha was back in the spotlight following Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Manchester City due to an ankle problem. Before kick-off, Palace manager Patrick Vieira was tight-lipped about his star player’s future, saying the Ivory Coast international – whose contract expires next summer – “hasn’t said anything about leaving.”
The home fans chanted Zaha’s name throughout the match.
Brentford moved within six points, one over a mile.