Dubious Roy Hodgson comments after Crystal Palace beat Newcastle United
Roy Hodgson watched on as Crystal Palace won a league game at St James Park for only the second time since the 1971/72 season.
Milivojevic scoring his tenth penalty of the season, Palace having won 11 in all this season as he missed one of them.
A quite incredible record of being awarded a penalty once every three Premier League games on average this season.
It was the usual combination, as Wilfreid Zaha won it, he might even have been touched (by DeAndre Yedlin) this time.
After the game, Roy Hodgson claimed that Palace ‘looked quite dangerous’ and ‘We were constantly threatening and looking like we might score the goal.’
Not quite sure how he works that one out because whilst Palace move the ball forward quite well at times, Newcastle denied them very few opportunities to get close to Martin Dubravka.
In fact the Newcastle keeper didn’t make a save all game as the penalty was the only Palace shot on target.
Whilst the BBC Sport stats (see below) showed the visitors only had three shots of any description, the goal from the penalty spot and two that went wide, compared to Newcastle’s 18 shots.
I thought Roy Hodgson was wide of the mark (like Newcastle’s crossing…) when talking about the threat the Magpies had posed: ‘They’re very good at crossing the ball and getting bodies in the box and competing for those crosses.’
What I saw was a lot of really poor crossing by Newcastle, wasting loads of good possession in very good areas AND much of the time, we rarely have anybody but Rondon really threatening to try and get on the end of any cross that happens to be put into a good place.
Roy Hodgson telling the official Palace site:
“It was a very important game; hard fought.
“I thought that I can be very, very proud of the team’s performance.
“I thought that we dealt with the attacking threat that Newcastle most certainly have.
“They’re very good at crossing the ball and getting bodies in the box and competing for those crosses.
“I thought it was a sterling effort from our back four and our goalkeeper and the midfield players helping us out as well, to make certain we kept a clean sheet today.
“On the counter-attack or even at the start of the game, not on the counter-attack, we looked quite dangerous.
“We were constantly threatening and looking like we might score the goal.
“Luckily for us once again Wilf Zaha came to the fore and did what he does so well.
“Dribbling past people in the penalty area and provoking the foul which gives Milivojevic – who’s been quite exceptional at taking penalties and scoring them, to give us the goal and the victory.
“I’m never confident to be honest!
“I’ve been so lucky with penalty takers: Dan Murphy at Fulham and now with Luka.
“So really and truly I should just be sitting back quite comfortably saying: ‘well, we’re 1-0 up’ but unfortunately because the goals are often match winning goals, I think the only time [I can relax is] if ever we’re winning by a three goal margin and we get a penalty and Luka’s going to take it.
“Then I would definitely sit back and say: ‘right, that’s all over, we’re four-up’. Ask him his secret, he might not tell you…”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Crystal Palace 1
Milivojevic 81 (Pen)
Possession was Palace 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Palace 3 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Palace 1 Newcastle 5
Corners were Palace 4 Newcastle 9
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune (Dummett 65), Ritchie (Atsu 90), Hayden, Ki (Shelvey 76), Almiron, Perez, Rondon
Darlow, Fernandez, Muto, Manquillo
Crowd: 51,926 (Palace 1,400)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle’s defeat to Palace HERE)
(After the defeat Rafa Benitez revealed he is nowhere near agreeing a new contract with Mike Ashley – read HERE)
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