Crystal Palace suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Monday at the Vitality Stadium after coming so close to earning a draw.
Patrick Van Aanholt’s equaliser in the 55th minute looked as if it would be enough for Crystal Palace to walk away with a point, but Junior Stanislas’ penalty on 87 minutes ensured the Eagles returned to south London empty-handed.
And goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has since hit out at the team’s failure to hold on for the draw.
Speaking on Mamadou Sakho’s costly mistake and Crystal Palace’s overall performance during the second half, Hennessey told South London Press: “We were actually playing really well, and we would have created more chances and may have even won it, but, if anything, we would have definitely liked the point but it’s just a cruel game – it’s little silly mistakes like the penalty that cost us.”
Singling out the error Sakho made for the penalty is not something every player would do, but it is something that Hennessey is most certainly right to highlight.
Sakho’s error is one that Crystal Palace simply cannot afford to make on a regular basis.
Roy Hodgson’s men do not have the firepower to correct such mistakes in a way that better quality teams can.
Ultimately, given how blunt they are in attack, Crystal Palace need to be as defensively solid as possible.
More often than not, Sakho is the Eagles’ standout performer in the back four. But as the Frenchman showed on Monday, he has that moment of clumsiness in him that can be costly, something that needs to be eradicated from his game before the south London club’s season gets any worse.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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