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18/02/2013 11:16, Report by Nick Coppack
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Loans: Zaha shines in win

Wilfried Zaha produced a stunning display for Crystal Palace in the Eagles' 4-1 home win over Middlesbrough at the weekend.

The winger, who signed for United in January but will remain with the Championship side until the summer, turned in a Man of the Match performance and earned widespread praise for an outing that included two assists.

He didn't get on the scoresheet himself, but caught the eye with a dazzling display of trickery and direct running. Palace boss Ian Holloway said afterwards: "He is good as any chef I've seen, he can roast people. He's roasted both their full-backs... they'll be delighted to go home, to be honest."

Elsewhere, John Cofie was the only other United loanee to feature at the weekend, with the young striker playing 78 minutes of Notts County's 1-1 draw away at Walsall.

Cofie toiled with little reward in the League One fixture that one media outlet described as "a horrible game, played on a horrible pitch".

Elsewhere, Angelo Henriquez was an unused substitute in Wigan's 4-1 FA Cup win at Huddersfield, while Federico Macheda also failed to make it off the bench as Stuttgart beat Hoffenheim 1-0 in the Bundesliga.

Bebe will be hoping for a spot in Rio Ave's starting XI on Monday night, as the Portuguese Superliga side host SC Braga. The forward scored the winner in his last outing and also played a key role in Rio Ave's recent win over Sporting Lisbon.

Scott Wootton, on loan at Peterborough, is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained earlier this month, but fellow Red Davide Petrucci will be keen to play his part in Posh's match at Millwall on Tuesday evening. The Italian netted his first senior goal - a scorching half-volley - in Peterborough's last fixture.

Michael Keane has caught the eye in recent weeks at Leicester City and is likely to start tomorrow night, as the Foxes host Charlton Athletic at Filbert Street.

Meanwhile, Fabio enjoyed a free weekend as Queens Park Rangers were without a fixture.

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