Premier League manager hails Reece James for making life difficult for Zaha

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has hailed Chelsea right-back Reece James for making life difficult for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

In his first Premier League start, James came up against Zaha and produced an excellent performance.

Hodgson told Goal: “Reece James must be very pleased with himself.

“He’s playing against such a dangerous opponent in his first start in the Premier League after his excellent performance on Tuesday night when he came in.

“He has got to be delighted playing at home against a player of Zaha’s quality.

“He made life very difficult for Wilf, so congratulations to him.”

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