Christian Benteke Apologises For His Farcical Penalty Miss at the Weekend

Adjust Comment Print

Palace boss Roy Hodgson hit out at the striker after the match for defying team orders and claimed the miss could prove disastrous as the club battles to stay in the Premier League. Palace, despite stretching their unbeaten run to five games (four of which were draws), slip back to the bottom of the table due to Swansea's late victor at home to West Brom. The Belgian had asked usual spot-kick taker, Luka Milivojevic, if he could take the penalty, even though Milivojevic had scored earlier in there game. The first one was a bang-bang play, but I felt that the ball came through and hit me on the arm.

The 35-year-old England worldwide has found games and goals hard to come by since his move from Sunderland in the summer (he had scored just once in 12 games before Saturday), but having scored four goals against Palace last season, he was in the mood to punish the Eagles once again.

"He's had the courage to talk in front of the team and explain his decision and basically apologise for not following the instructions he should have done".

Here's everything you need to know about Tuesday's London derby.

Christian Benteke Apologises For His Farcical Penalty Miss at the Weekend
Christian Benteke Apologises For His Farcical Penalty Miss at the Weekend

"Wayne trained for the first time today", said Hodgson. That is strong and the correct thing to do: he makes it clear he was wrong and disobeying ranks, and apologises for that, but now he will get on with it.

Palace will seek to add a striker in January with Hodgson also targeting a goalkeeper to challenge Wayne Hennessey and Julián Speroni. But, having initially suffered from a knee injury, he lost his place to Pau López and has only played twice, in the Copa del Rey, this season.

On Sakho's injury: "He'll be out a long time, how long a time, I don't know, they won't put a time on it, but it's a serious muscle tear in his calf so I don't know, but it's weeks not days, I couldn't say if it was months".

"Unfortunately he's missed - but we had so many other chances to win this game".

Mohamed Salah Named African Footballer Of The Year By The BBC
The Liverpool wideman is also in contention for the CAF Player of the Year award, in which the victor will be revealed in January. I would also like to win it next year! I had a very good start with the team, and also the manager [Jurgen Klopp].