Roy Hodgson Reveals Why He Told Wilfried Zaha to Retake Crystal Palace Penalty Against Man Utd

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has explained why he asked Wilfried Zaha to retake Jordan Ayew’s missed penalty in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

With less than 20 minutes to play, the visitors were awarded a spot kick after Ayew's flick towards goal struck Victor Lindelof's hand. United keeper David De Gea saved the initial penalty from Ayew, but a retake was ordered by VAR as the Spaniard stepped just off his line. Zaha made no mistake with the second attempt.

In his post-match interview, the Palace boss revealed that he believes the miss affected Ayew's confidence: "I don’t think it’s good for a player to miss a penalty and then to immediately take another one. I think your confidence is affected by the miss”, he told the club's website.

“It wasn’t a good penalty, it was quite a comfortable save by De Gea and I’m pretty sure if I had allowed him to take the penalty, he might well have scored it. But I didn’t think it was a good idea to take that chance"

The former England manager added that a past experience - where one of his player's missed two penalties in the same game - impacted his decision: "I had an experience long in the past where our penalty taker - who never missed penalties - missed two in the same game in a European tie and ever since that moment I’ve thought it’s not a great idea to have the guy who’s missed take the second one."

Hodgson's bold decision paid off and Palace have got off to a fantastic start in the Premier League, winning both their opening games. They host fellow fast-starters Everton on Saturday, with the Toffees looking a rejuvenated outfit with new signings James Rodríguez and Allan hitting the ground running at Goodison.

Source : 90min