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Palace boss Hodgson insists Sakho was a ‘victim of new rules’

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Palace boss Hodgson insists Sakho was a ‘victim of new rules’

Date Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:37

Roy Hodgson believes Mamadou Sakho was right to be expelled, but was "the victim of a new interpretation of rules."

Palace climbed to fifth place in the Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth – above Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – thanks to the victory, which was secured by Jeffrey Schlupp's second-half goal.

Schlupp initially entered the first half to replace injured Patrick Van Aanholt – at a time when Mamadou Sakho had already been expelled.

Hodgson was pleased with how his team reacted to the initial adversity to put the three points in their hands.

“It was a great victory,” he told Match of the Day. area where we have no coverage.

“The last place we could really cover injuries was in the back, but we did it and I thought the players showed a striking attitude in the back. Normally, when you win 1-0 with 10 men, you think you got lucky, but that wasn't the case and we had some chances of our own, so I'm delighted with his players.

“The referees are now under strict instructions; if they consider it a little fierce challenge, they are encouraged to give red cards. Under the new rules, I can't complain and I don't think it was a mistake, but Mamadou may have been a victim of the new interpretation of the rules. We will miss you because we have the central halves injured in the minute.

“We think we have options for the future and our midfield pass was very good. When we were 11 x 11, I thought about playing in midfield. That changed when you slaughter a man, but we don't back down and still try to throw it away.

“I think if there were more goals to be scored this season, I would save them for other games. I am more than happy with 1-0 and it was fantastic support again tonight. "

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