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Hodgson smoothes over Benteke penalty miss

LONDON – 12 December 2017: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson attempted to play down Christian Benteke's penalty miss after the club's former goalkeeper said he would have broken the striker's nose for the costly blunder.

Belgian striker Benteke went rogue and took the stoppage- time penalty against Bournemouth with the game locked at 2-2, even though Luka Milivojevic was the designated taker.

Benteke's weak spot-kick was saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Palace had to settle for a point which dropped them back to the foot of the table.

After the game Hodgson admitted Benteke's miss could "cost his side in May" but with a home clash looming against Watford on Tuesday the 70-year-old was more philosophical.

Palace captain Scott Dann also offered support to Benteke, despite the fact that Milivojevic had scored from the penalty spot earlier in the game.

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