Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praises 'quality' Christian Benteke

18 December, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Benteke apologises for missed penalty

Leicester had a "goal" disallowed on the hour mark after referee Martin Atkinson spotted Vicente Iborra's push on James Tomkins before he headed in the net.

Leicester lost Wilfred Ndidi, who was dismissed in the 61st minute after being booked twice within 10 minutes on his 21st birthday.

Cote d'Ivoire worldwide Wilfried Zaha got the second goal of the game few minutes before the break.

Buoyed by their late 2-1 comeback win against Watford on Tuesday the Eagles bossed sloppy Leicester and cashed in after 19 minutes.

Conceding at least woke the Foxes up and Benteke nearly gifted them an immediate equaliser, heading inches wide of his own goal.

Riyad Mahrez gave the ball away which allowed Benteke to stride forward, hold off the challenge of Ndidi and find Zaha.

The visitors did make it 3-0 in the 94th minute, though, Loftus-Cheek leading a counterattack and squaring for substitute Sako to curl home and consign the Foxes to a first defeat in six matches.

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The Belgium global opened the scoring midway through the first-half with a powerful header into the floor which had too much pace on it for Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after being left unmarked inside the area.

Ghana global Jeffrey Schlupp has described as "great" Crystal Palace's 3-0 away victory over his former club Leicester City.

"But since then we have started playing the way we have over the past few games, and if we can produce performances like this all the way until May, we will have given ourselves a chance".

Last week, Benteke - who should have allowed Luka Milivojevic to take the spot kick as the Serbian had scored a penalty earlier in the match - apologised to his team-mates and manager Roy Hodgson, admitting he had let them down.

"We know that he is a quality player and the goal he scored is the sort of one he's going to score, and had it not been for a wonder-save by Kasper Schmeichel, he would have scored two today because he got in the positions well".

"Not owed something because we are a team but I just wanted to show that I'm always involved and I will do everything to get back on my form", Benteke told Sky Sports.

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