Hodgson feels 'sorry' for Milner's 'unfortunate' red card
- The Eagles boss admits both James Milner fouls on Wilfried Zaha were indeed yellow cards, however, doesn't think that were dirty plays.
- The Englishman stresses he isn't delighted at the Reds' vice-captain being sent-off whatsoever as the red was quite an unfortunate one for Liverpool and happened too late for Palace to profit from it.
James Milner, despite solid overall display, was tortured by Wilfried Zaha on the right flank every now and then. The Eagles opener came after the winger easily ran away from the Englishman in a matter of a second with 3-metre distance, was destroying the wing for the whole game and made the Reds' vice-captain receive 2 yellows for 2 consecutive fouls on him. Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson feels bad for the natural midfielder:
"I feel sorry for James Milner. I think that was unfortunate, I suppose the referee is left with no choice but I think the first yellow card was a clear one, it was a clear foul and quite a dangerous sort of tackle which caught Wilf quite badly.
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"The second was quite similar. Wilf's pace and quickness getting him to the ball half a metre before James who thought he was there first and as a result, he upends him.
"I think he's been unlucky to get sent-off for that. It didn't make any difference at that stage of the game, we couldn't really profit from it as it was too late in the game."