Then, not long after that, James McArthur scored a goal from a poorly-defended set piece.
'We need to protect our players and to use other players.
"But we've had plenty of big opportunities before today, plenty of key moments, that give us the opportunity to achieve our first target, to play in the Champions League next year".
"I don't place so much importance on those stories, I should do", Hodgson said of Zaha's admission.
Following their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park earlier this season, Crystal Palace are looking to avoid defeat in both league meetings with Arsenal in a campaign for the first time since 1979-80.
The 28-year-old revealed his delight at ending that lengthy wait, as Palace secured their top-flight safety for another year.
'I'm happy about my performance this afternoon because it's not just the goal; we work really hard, myself and Wilf up front.
The goal above also happened to be Benteke's 70th Premier League goal in his 200th game, his 69th coming 19 appearances ago against Leicester City way back in April 2018. I know when I'm in form, when I'm 100 per cent fit, I know what I'm capable of doing'.