Roy Hodgson was left ruing missed chances once again at Selhurst Park, as his side narrowly lost to Liverpool – despite taking an early lead.
In his post-match media duties, the manager was asked about Christian Benteke, who – despite winning multiple aerial battles and playing a key role in the build-up play that led to his side winning a penalty - missed two of Palace’s best chances, with the score level at 1-1 in the second half.
Hodgson said: “Of course, we do regret those two [missed] chances. But I thought once again his all round performance was very good. Extremely good in fact, up until the two missed chances, which obviously affected him. I didn’t think his work after that was quite as good as it had been, because he’s a human being.
“He so desperately wants to score, and so desperately wants to do well. He’s working so hard to be the type of centre-forward we want him to be. But you could see, missing those chances that came his way did have a mental effect on him.”
With six games left to play, Hodgson is certain that Benteke has a key role to play in Palace’s bid for Premier League survival. He said: “It’s up to me, the coaching staff, and the players to make it clear to him that we’re really very pleased with what he’s doing. He’s actually being a very good centre-forward. We can only hope that he doesn’t allow a missed goal chance or two doesn’t affect what he can do for us during the rest of the game.”
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