Many Crystal Palace fans were fuming with manager Roy Hodgson after they saw that he had picked midfielder Luka Milivojevic over Jairo Riedewald to play against West Bromwich Albion.
It is easy to see why fans are frustrated. Milivojevic has not had a good start to the Premier League so far this campaign. Going into the match, the player had managed 0.3 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game (WhoScored). These stats are very poor, especially for a defensive midfielder.
He also got needlessly sent off against Wolves and faced a three-match ban, leaving the side with less squad depth during a period of congested fixtures.
The reaction from a lot of the fan base emphasised that Milivojevic has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to perform well against the Baggies as a poor game would lead to a backlash with fans running straight to social media to slate both him and the manager.
The Eagles lost their last two games against Burnley and Newcastle, so the West Brom game was deemed a must-win clash, hence why these fans were not happy with the manager’s choice of midfielders.
Here is how Palace fans reacted as they saw Milivojevic starting for the club:
Why does he continue to play luka no offence to the lad he offers nothing other than a guaranteed yellow card
— LordTwigo (@CPFCwill20) December 6, 2020
Jairo not starting with Luka coming straight back in to the midfield. Just sums it all up really. 🤦🏻♂️
— Oliver Render (@OliverRender) December 6, 2020
Dropping Jairo for Luka? Hodgson out pic.twitter.com/mzyNqaIEDa
— george (@paIaceawayy) December 6, 2020
Great team shame about Luka
— Joel (@JoelGray_) December 6, 2020
Luka straight back into the team…. 😔
— Dean Miles (@deanmiles23) December 6, 2020
Luka in for Jairo.
Things you just hate to see.
— EZE25 ™️ (@_eze25) December 6, 2020
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