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Hodgson’s praise of Sakho warranted even after costly mistake in recent Crystal Palace defeat

Hodgson’s praise of Sakho warranted even after costly mistake in recent Crystal Palace defeat

Crystal Palace will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth when they take on Wolves later today at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles were close to earning a point in their loss at the Vitality Stadium, only for Mamadou Sakho to give away a silly penalty towards the end of the game, which Junior Stanislas calmly dispatched.

Manager Roy Hodgson, however, has since come out to defend the centre-back following his costly mistake, insisting one error does not change the fact that he is still a quality player and that he has not suffered a dip in confidence.

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On Sakho, Hodgson told the Daily Mail and the rest of the media: “He has made enormous strides and he’s back to the player he was when Liverpool decided to spend a lot of money. That’s great for us because we’re benefiting from it.

“We as a team are playing well enough to get him recognised as a potential for the world champions [Sakho included in France’s latest squad].

“I don’t think he needs a boost in confidence. He is confident, as he should be. I don’t think during the time I’ve worked with him there has ever been a situation where I’ve seen his confidence fail.”

Against Bournemouth, Sakho cost his team a result and his moment of insanity during the game is right to be highlighted.

Sakho, though, is still a very solid defender who is pivotal to the team. He does has his moments of clumsiness like what he displayed at the Vitality Stadium.

However, the 28-year-old does way more good than harm for Hodgson’s side. In central defence, Sakho is aerially dominant, a strong tackler and extremely calm on the ball.

If the France international can eradicate a couple of things from his game, then he can go up another level at Crystal Palace.

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