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Jermain Defoe Rattles In A Sublime Half-Volley Against Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson Manager of Crystal Palace before the start of the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns Watch: Jermain Defoe Rattles In A Sublime Half-Volley Against Crystal Palace
Marlene Weaver | 12 December, 2017, 18:00

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on Watford: "I will give you three things that are good - their athleticism, their work rate and the quality of their individual players". The first one was a bang-bang play, but I felt that the ball came through and hit me on the arm.

"He's been told that he's not to take penalties already", Hodgson told a press conference.

"So that really hurts".

"The first one wasn't clear-cut either".

Eddie Howe says Bournemouth will "await feedback" after complaining to match officials about the awarding of two penalties in their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

The 35-year-old England global has found games and goals hard to come by since his move from Sunderland in the summer (he had scored just once in 12 games before Saturday), but having scored four goals against Palace last season, he was in the mood to punish the Eagles once again. "The fact we're still bottom isn't a major surprise, but we will get on with the job and do what we need to do".

"We hope it's a spark now, he's getting to where he wants to be", said Howe after Defoe broke a seven-game scoring drought.

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"Really what he needs to do is to score, otherwise he will be subject to the wrath from his manager, coaches and teammates, because they'll say really and truly, you shouldn't have done that".

A fourth draw in five matches left Palace rooted to the foot of the table but also saw Hodgson move to defend Zaha against claims he had conned referee Kevin Friend for at least one, if not both, penalties.

"It takes a lot of courage to go up and take a penalty in the last couple of minutes", he said.

"I am very happy with the way he has reacted to it and taken responsibility and the way he has explained that to the rest of the team".

'For some reason Christian persuaded him to let him take it, and then he missed it'. Christian is stunned, shocked and disappointed.

"Rather than crown that performance, he's put himself in a bit of a black hole with Palace supporters because he's missed".

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