VIDEO: Hodgson Has Ripped Into Benteke For His Penalty Blunder

0 Posted by - December 10, 2017 - News, Video

Roy Hodgson was and no doubt still is fuming with Christian Benteke for his stoppage-time penalty blunder against Bournemouth at Selhurst Park yesterday afternoon.

Having worked our collective socks off to go into the final moments with the scoreline delicately balanced at 2-2, the Belgian took the “unilateral” decision to snatch the ball away from designated penalty taker Luka Milivojevic and go for glory himself, much to the dismay of the 24,000 Palace fans in attendance.

His coaches, teammates and Luka specifically attempted to reason with the Belgian but according to Hodgson, there was nothing any of them could do to dissuade him for placing the ball down himself and going for goal. Predictably, given the drama that precluded it, he missed in a truly feeble manner and was roundly slated, with the solitary point leaving us bottom of the Premier League table.

Whilst the big man is clearly struggling for confidence, his decision smacks of nothing more than putting personal interests ahead of the team, especially when Luka, as the squad’s penalty taker, had already buried one earlier in the game. A decision that was taken to boost his obviously low confidence has backfired in spectacular fashion, with the dressing room sure to have been a rather heated place in the minutes immediately following the final whistle.

It’s rare for Roy to ever come out and publicly criticise one of his own players, making the above outburst regarding Benteke all the more noteworthy. He was clearly seething about the whole incident, not least because it’s belittled all the work he and the rest of the squad have been putting in to drag us away from the bottom three.

Without any other fit strikers on our books, it’s inevitable that Benteke will still be given a start against Watford on Tuesday. His teammates, manager and the supporters deserve to see him put in a major shift for the shirt from the first minute until the last, it’s the least he can do.

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6 Comments

  • Dave December 10, 2017 - 9:34 am Reply

    What a terrible player no respect for the manager and team mates a totally useless player should be sold in January don’t expect any club to be queening up to buy him

  • Bob December 10, 2017 - 10:35 am Reply

    Palace can’t afford to have someone with Benteke’s outlook and attitude!
    So he plays well for his country and seems to score against Palace, if I remember correctly but his performance and value for money are lacking when it comes to wearing the Eagle’s crest.
    Put him on the transfer list and use the money (assuming another team wants a half-hearted, hands on hips, fair-weather player) to buy someone who gives a damn about turning out a decent performance.
    In the meantime can he be nicknamed ‘Ben-no-take-a-Penalty’?

  • Steve. December 10, 2017 - 11:17 am Reply

    HLTCO…”His teammates, manager and the supporters deserve to see him put in a major shift for the shirt from the first minute until the last, it’s the least he can do.”……and an apology would be nice.

    Fair enough comments from Bob…but that doesn’t hold up as we’d then need two strikers in the Jan window…and finding a back up for Benteke will be hard enough. I think he’ll (have to) stay and that Palace will cut their losses and run in the Summer, if he doesn’t start scoring from here on in.

  • Phil H December 10, 2017 - 12:21 pm Reply

    Benturkey,

  • Lance December 10, 2017 - 2:31 pm Reply

    Benteke should be sold in January!! Liverpool should give us back our money. If we are demoted by two points he will bear that responsibility

    Lance

  • Eric The Ninja December 10, 2017 - 2:48 pm Reply

    32 mil = 3 Dwight Gales or 6 Glenn Murrays

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