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Hodgson Discusses Palace's Penalty Prowess

4 January 2019

Following Luka Milivojevic's last-minute penalty conversion in Wednesday's victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Palace manager Roy Hodgson was asked to reflect on his side's notable ability to win and score penalties this season in his pre-Grimsby Town press conference.

The Eagles have won six and netted five penalties from just 21 matches. Last season they bagged seven from eight spot-kicks.

However, the Palace manager was cautious to look past the statistics and explain just why it is that his side have been awarded so many penalties, suggesting that perhaps they've deserved one or two more.

He said, "I wonder sometimes when people come up with these stats if they ever ask themselves the question, 'why is it that Manchester United and Crystal Palace get so many penalties?'. Is it just the fact that we're lucky and referees are kind to us, or has it maybe got something to do with the fact that we've got players who, when they get into the penalty area, they've got such incredible skill and ball skills that they get brought down for penalties?

"Quite often, the six penalties [Palace have been awarded] we would suggest is perhaps quite scant reward for the number of times where we've had situations where afterwards when people have analysed it, they give their opinion that perhaps it was a penalty.

"The reason we get penalties is that we've got players who provoke those penalties and really and truly the guys that provoke those penalties should get their credit for goalscoring. Really the only person who gets the credit for goalscoring is the one who converts it. If you've got a goalkeeper who did that, like Rene Higuita did for his national side, then he'd probably be the top scorer in the club's history."

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