Roy Hodgson saluted skipper Luka Milivojevic after watching him fireplace Crystal Palace to the brink of Premier League security together with his 10th profitable penalty of the season at Newcastle.
The nerveless Serbian midfielder beat Martin Dubravka from 12 yards with 9 minutes remaining, after Wilfried Zaha had been tripped by DeAndre Yedlin, to clinch a 1-Zero win which eased the Eagles to 39 factors.
Requested if Milivojevic, who has missed solely one among his 11 penalties thus far in the course of the present marketing campaign, is pretty much as good as any he was labored with, Hodgson replied: “Sure, completely, sure.
“Penalties are approach and psychological energy and composure. There are those that may say psychological energy and composure are in the identical ball park, however actually you want the approach, however then you definately additionally want that psychological energy and that means to compose your self.
“When the penalty was awarded – and I don’t actually assume anyone who watched the sport had any critical doubts that it was a penalty – however nonetheless, 49,000 individuals are screaming and booing and doing their perfect to place you off, and likewise what’s going via your head is, ‘If I rating this, we go 1-Zero up with solely possibly 10 or 12 minutes left to play, there’s an excellent probability we’ll go residence tonight with three factors and that can take us to 39, which is just about security in our eyes’.”
Palace needed to face up to vital strain earlier than Milivojevic obtained his probability to win the sport as Newcastle squandered a sequence of probabilities, with main scorer Salomon Rondon unusually profligate.
Nonetheless, the guests defended with real tenacity to safe a seventh league win of the season on the street, three greater than they’ve managed at Selhurst Park.
Hodgson mentioned: “It was an important sport, hard-fought, however I believed that I might be very, very happy with the staff’s efficiency.”
Reverse quantity Rafael Benitez admitted his facet’s failings in entrance of aim had price them, however was as disenchanted by the way in which they have been caught on the counter-attack as Zaha received the decisive penalty.
Benitez mentioned: “I feel we did sufficient to deserve three factors. We had probabilities, we have been attacking, we have been controlling them for some time. We knew that they have been harmful on the counter-attack, however we had management of the sport in the whole lot, and we made a mistake and we paid for that.”
Benitez’s ache was compounded by the lack of defender Florian Lejeune to a doubtlessly critical harm to his left knee, simply three months after his return from cruciate ligament harm to the proper.
The Newcastle boss mentioned: “It appears dangerous. It’s the opposite knee nevertheless it appears dangerous, so we’ve to attend and see what the physician says tomorrow.
“I used to be speaking with him. Clearly he was disenchanted and asking the physician. We have to assess him tomorrow nevertheless it appears dangerous.”
In the meantime, Benitez performed down speak that his feedback over his contract negotiations in the course of the build-up to the sport had urged a deal was shut.
He mentioned: “No, the identical state of affairs as yesterday.”
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