Roy Hodgson praised the Crystal Palace fans for backing Wilfried Zaha during their opening-day draw with Everton despite the winger angling for a summer move away from Selhurst Park.
Zaha was a target for the Toffees, as well as Arsenal, during the transfer window and handed in a transfer request in the hopes of landing a move away from Palace.
Instead deadline day passed and Zaha remained at the club, coming off the bench during the goalless draw with 10-man Everton.
Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for the visitors for two second-half bookings, with Everton creating the better chances to settle the game.
Zaha was only named on the bench having recently returned to training following his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations and with the spotlight firmly fixed on him after his potential exit.
But his name rang around the stands on several occasions before he was introduced with 25 minutes remaining.
“He handled it very well but the crowd helped didn’t they? It was such a great reception,” Hodgson said.
“It was nice to have him available to give another dimension to our play. The two front players who started were exceptional but it was good to have him to bring on.
“I only saw him on Friday because I sent him on Thursday. But he was fine on Friday. He was excellent this morning, no problem at all as you can tell by watching the game.
“That situation has been and gone and Wilf will make certain he brings his straw to the water and helps us have a good season, just like he has done in the previous two seasons.”