‘As far as I’m concerned we put a lid on this one’: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson urges Wilfried Zaha to move on from scathing criticism of referees
- Wilfried Zaha was incensed after Mathias Jorgensen’s challenge last weekend
- The Huddersfield player was only awarded a yellow for a crunching challenge
- Zaha has said he would need to get his leg broken before a red card was shown
- But Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he must put frustrations behind him
Tom Farmery For The Daily Mail
Roy Hodgson has told Wilfried Zaha to move on from his scathing criticism of referees, even if he understands the Crystal Palace winger’s ‘strong sense of justice’.
Zaha claimed that he would need to get his leg broken before a red card was shown after Huddersfield’s Mathias Jorgensen was only awarded a yellow for a crunching challenge on him last weekend.
But Hodgson, who has spoken to Zaha about his comments, says he needs to put his frustrations behind him, although players of his ability must be protected.
Wilfried Zaha was incensed after Mathias Jorgensen’s challenge on him last weekend
‘Wilf is a person who has a strong sense of justice,’ said Hodgson ahead of Saturday’s visit of Newcastle.
‘Like all players with exceptional ability they need to be looked after that extra bit especially because they are the people we at Crystal Palace want to win us games.
‘They are also the people the public want to see. We pay our money really to see the artists, we don’t necessarily pay our money to see the artisans – and he is definitely an artist.
‘But as far as I am concerned we put a lid on this one.’
Zaha has been booked three times this season for retaliation. Along with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Zaha is the most fouled player in the Premier League this year. ‘That’s why I lose my head,’ said Zaha after the 1-0 win over Huddersfield.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has told Zaha to put his recent frustrations behind him
Hodgson said: ‘All we want is fair treatment and for referees to have no agendas.
‘Wilf is mature enough and good enough to know fouls are part of the business but we all hope our best players will be protected.’
The 25-year-old has scored three goals in four league games for Palace but was criticised for his comments last weekend. Hodgson wants him to use the criticism to motivate him to score more.
Hodgson added: ‘Of course, he also knows very well what everyone has been saying – the best way to answer criticism, the best way to deal with people who are trying to stop you unfairly is to punish them by using your skill, beating them and scoring goals.
‘Certainly he has done that at the start of the season, three goals in four games is a very, very good return and if he can keep that going that is all that matters to us.’
Zaha scored a brilliant solo goal as Palace beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the Premier League