Smith: Zaha earmarked as Palace's danger man again

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JACK Smith says Millwall will have to keep a close eye on Wilfried Zaha when they face Crystal Palace in the South London derby in just over a week's time.

Zaha, who has scored four goals in his last two matches, has caused the Lions problems in the past and Smith, if he plays, says he will do his utmost to keep the winger quiet.

"I've played against him a few times already, even though he's only 18 or 19-years-old," he told Lions Live.

"I seem to come up against him a lot. He's a player that loves running at you and now he's being linked with Premier League clubs, so he's obviously very good.

"He's always earmarked as the danger man. If I'm playing he'll be on my side, so I'll just try my best against him and get people to help me out when possible."

Millwall ground out a goalless draw on their last visit to the Eagles but with both teams scoring goals aplenty this year, Smith is predicting a livelier encounter this time around.

"It's a local derby and a massive game," he added. "Last year it was a brilliant atmosphere, the fans had the whole of the away stand and it added to the game, which maybe wasn't the best to watch.

"We'll go there to try and stop them scoring. We've been creating a lot of chances this season so we believe we can nick the three points.

"We've got goals in the team which is good for the defence, but as a back five we've conceded a lot of goals this season and that's not something we've tended to do in the past couple of years."

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