Crystal Palace manager Hodgson furious with late Milivojevic red card

‘It was a fair challenge’: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson furious with late Luka Milivojevic red card after questioning referee Martin Atkinson in aftermath of defeat at Wolves

  • Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic was sent off as his side lost 2-0 at Wolves
  • The midfielder saw red for an 86th-minute challenge on stricken Joao Moutinho
  • Palace boss Roy Hodgson had words with official Martin Atkinson after the game
  • Hodgson claimed the dismissal was the worst part of the Premier League defeat 

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson asked Martin Atkinson why he had sent Luka Milivojevic off and claimed that his captain’s challenge had not been a foul after watching his side lose at Wolves.

Referee Atkinson consulted a pitchside monitor before showing the Palace skipper a red card for an 86th-minute tackle on Joao Moutinho, causing Hodgson to suggest that the dismissal had been the low point of the 2-0 defeat.

Frustrated Hodgson told BBC Sport: ‘My view is it’s not a sending off and I’ve told Martin Atkinson that.

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic was sent off as his side lost 2-0 to Wolves at Molineux

The midfielder was dismissed for serious foul play in the final minutes of the Friday night game

‘He thinks there was a reason to give a red card but I’ve seen it as well and I certainly don’t agree with that. It was a fair challenge and there was no intent to contact Joao Moutinho at all.

‘I’m very disappointed with that one. It’s the worst part of the evening in a way.’

Midfielder Moutinho received treatment on the pitch while Atkinson made his decision to give Milivojevic his marching orders at Molineux.

First-half goals by teenage debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri and Portuguese winger Daniel Podence gave the hosts the points.

Midfielder Joao Moutinho was on the receiving end of the challenge and required treatment

Milivojevic is expected to sit out three matches for earning his marching orders after a review

Atkinson took his time and Palace manager Roy Hodgson disagreed with the referee’s verdict

Hodgson said: ‘There would have been positives to take, but to lose a player for three games for a challenge I didn’t even consider a foul will be very hard to take.’

Eagles midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp agreed with his manager, telling Palace’s website: ‘Everyone has seen it back and feels that it is a harsh decision.

‘He got the whole ball but the referee has said something about the follow through. I don’t really know what else you want Luka to do in that situation.

‘He can’t tackle someone and then pull your leg out the way or make your leg disappear.’ 

Unhappy Hodgson (right) sought out Atkinson after the game to let the official know his views

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Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Winner goes joint-top of the league

Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Nuno Espirito Santo and Roy Hodgson’s sides battle to go joint-top of the Premier League table after promising starts to the campaign

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers host Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight 
  • The winner will go joint-top of the Premier League table this Friday evening  
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Wolves host Crystal Palace in Friday night Premier League action at Molineux Stadium, with the winner going joint-top of England’s top-flight tonight.  

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were pegged back in dramatic fashion in their last match against Newcastle thanks to Jacob Murphy’s last-gasp free-kick. Wolves will be hoping to put the record straight following the dismal 1-1 draw on Friday night. 

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, meanwhile, are in good spirits after ending their three-match winless run with a 2-1  win away at Fulham last weekend. Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games and will be hoping for a third this evening. 

Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ will provide live EPL coverage of Wolves vs Crystal Palace including score, lineups and updates. 

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Five minutes to go until kick-off here at Molineux. Let’s have a reminder of the two teams…

WOLVES XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Ait-Nouri; Podence, Jiménez, Neto

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: Guaita; Clyne, Kouyaté, Dann, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Schlupp; Batshuayi, Zaha

It’s been a sad day for football today as England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles has passed away at the age of 78.

Stiles was a crucial member of the Three Lions side who lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.

Read MARTIN SAMUEL’s piece below about one of England’s greatest players…


There is quite a lot of talk about Wilfried Zaha’s good run for Crystal Palace, but what about Raul Jimenez’s record for Wolves this season?

Like Zaha, the Mexican number nine has netted in each of his last two games, with Jimenez’s overall league tally standing at four goals in six matches. 

Cheick Kouyate and Scott Dann are in for a tricky night this evening…

Both these sides playing out entertaining fixtures last season, with Wolves edging Palace in the head-to-head contest across the previous campaign.

The sides drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the first encounter with Diogo Jota – now at Liverpool – cancelling out Leandro Dendoncker’s own goal with a 90th minute equaliser.

In the post-lockdown return fixture at Molineux, Daniel Podence and Jonny finished off attacks to give Wolves a 2-0 win.

The pre-match warm-ups have begun for the two sides with half an hour to go until kick-off.

The two managers are also doing their pitchside interviews at the moment. It’s a big evening for both sides, who can propel themselves right up the table with a win. 

It’s been a crazy few months for Crystal Palace Jairo Riedewald. The Dutch midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park and looked set to be leaving the club this summer.

But an injury crisis gave Riedewald a second chance and his recent midfield displays mean he is one of the first names on the teamsheet?

The 24-year-old netted the opener against Fulham last weekend, will we see another star showing this evening?

Tonight’s match is available to watch via BT Sport’s Box Office channel as the Premier League continues its pay-per-view service during the coronavirus era. 

Nuno Espirito Santo has been very vocal in his opposition to the service which has divided opinion amongst fans…

Crystal Palace will have several attacking options this evening but Wolves will need to pay attention to one in particular.

Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games to take his goal tally to five in six games. The Ivorian is the Eagles’ man in form and tonight’s result will depend on whether he turns up at Molineux this evening. 

Roy Hodgson also makes one change from the side that won at Fulham last time out. Left-back Tyrick Mitchell misses out entirely, so Patrick van Aanholt comes into the back four.

Michy Batshuayi keeps his place up front despite Jordan Ayew returning to the bench after his coronavirus diagnosis during the October international break. 

Nuno Espirito Santo makes one change from the side that drew with Newcastle last weekend. There’s a Wolves debut for Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left-side of the midfield five, who starts in place of Roman Saiss. 

The 19-year-old is on loan from French side with Angers, though Wolves do have the option to buy him on a permanent deal. A chance to impress then.

Welcome to this evening’s coverage of the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace.

Both sides have had identical starts to the league season, with three wins, a draw and two losses in their opening six matches.

But the winner of tonight’s match can go joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool and Everton on 13 points.

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT so team news will be out in ten minutes or so…

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Wolves vs Crystal Palace preview, team news, kick-off

Jonny remains out as Wolves monitor knocks; Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland all return for Crystal Palace; Follow Wolves vs Crystal Palace in our dedicated live blog with highlights published one hour after the final whistle

Thursday 29 October 2020 16:21, UK

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Wolves vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Friday; Kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Wolves are likely to have an unchanged squad for Friday’s Premier League visit of Crystal Palace.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed a number of players need to be assessed for knocks but he is expected to have close to a fully fit squad to pick from.

Jonny remains sidelined as he continues to recover from the serious knee injury he suffered at the end of last season.

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Crystal Palace have been handed a number of fitness boosts ahead of their trip to Molineux. Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are fully fit after respective injuries while Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are both available following their periods of Covid-19 self-isolation.


James McCarthy has returned to training this week after sustaining an injury on international duty and Tyrick Mitchell will be subject to a late fitness test after taking a knock in training yesterday. However, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham and Joel Ward remain out.

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Follow Wolves vs Crystal Palace in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel one hour after the final whistle.

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  • Wolves have lost three of their last six league meetings with Crystal Palace (W2 D1), as many as they had in their previous 13 against the Eagles (W7 D3 L3).
  • Crystal Palace have won three of their last five away league games against Wolves (L2), though they did lose this exact fixture 0-2 in July last season.
  • Currently with 10 points this season courtesy of their three wins and one draw, Crystal Palace are looking to make it 13 points from their first seven games of a Premier League season for the first time ever.
  • Crystal Palace have won two of their last three away league games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 12 on the road. The Eagles have won 60% of their Premier League points this season in away games (6/10).
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers have picked up 10 points from their six Premier League games this season – their best total at this stage of the season in the competition and their highest such total in a top-flight campaign since 1979-80 (13 pts, assuming 3/pts for a win).
  • Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their previous five Premier League games on Friday’s (D3 L2) – it’s the most a team has played on Friday without ever winning in the competition. Indeed, the Eagles have never won a top-flight game on Friday (D5 L6).
  • Since returning to the Premier League for the 2018-19 season, Wolves have failed to score a first half goal in 58 of their 82 matches, the most of any side in the competition over this period. Indeed, Wolves have failed to score a first half goal in each of their last five Premier League games.
  • Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has netted five goals in six Premier League games this season, one more than he managed in 38 in 2019-20. With five goals and one assist this term, the attacker is just one goal/assist off his total goal involvement tally from last season.
  • Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez has played 331 minutes against Crystal Palace without scoring in the Premier League – only versus Leicester City (360) and Manchester United (358) has he registered more minutes without a goal in the competition.

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FIVE Crystal Palace players return to fitness ahead of trip to Wolves

Roy Hodgson receives major boost as FIVE Crystal Palace players including new signing Jack Butland return to fitness ahead of trip to Wolves

  • Gary Cahill and James Tomkins, who were both out with thigh injuries, are back
  • Jordan Ayew and summer signing Jack Butland are back after self-isolating
  • The striker and the new goalkeeper tested positive for coronavirus recently
  • James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury with Ireland

Crystal Palace have received a significant injury boost ahead of Friday’s Premier League trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, with manager Roy Hodgson confirming that five first-team players have returned to full fitness.

Defenders Gary Cahill and James Tomkins, who were both out with thigh injuries, are available for the game at Molineux, while striker Jordan Ayew and new goalkeeper Jack Butland are back after self-isolating following positive tests for COVID-19.

Central midfielder James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury on international duty with Ireland.

Roy Hodgson has been boosted by the news of five Crystal Palace players returning to fitness

New signing Jack Butland is back after the goalkeeper tested positive for coronavirus

Centre-back Gary Cahill also returns following a thigh injury to the former Chelsea defender

‘We just need to assess Tyrick Mitchell before tomorrow who picked up a knock yesterday and Joel Ward,’ Hodgson told reporters on Thursday. 

‘But I’m not making too many complaints, the squad is as big and competitive as I’ve seen it.

‘I’m just trying to keep everybody as happy as possible. It might be the first time I’ve had to leave people out of an 18-man squad – that really is an unusual situation.’

James Tomkins (left) also returns from injury as does Jordan Ayew (right) does from quarantine

Midfielder James McCarthy is also back in training after picking up an injury with Ireland

Palace beat bottom side Fulham 2-1 away last weekend and Hodgson said he expected a tight contest against Wolves, who are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games and ninth in the table, one place below Palace but level on points.

‘We’re expecting a very, very tough game. It’s nice to go there with 10 points and a bit of confidence, but so have they,’ Hodgson said.

‘We do know they have the ability to put you under the cosh for a long period of time, and it will be up to us to produce the quality to relieve that pressure.’

Hodgson also confirmed the club will assess Tyrick Mitchell ahead of the game against Wolves

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Jordan Ayew: Crystal Palace forward tests positive for coronavirus

Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 29-year-old was absent from the Eagles’ matchday squad for the 1-1 draw against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ayew played for Ghana in friendlies against Mali and Qatar during the international break and Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed post-match the player had returned a positive test during the club’s latest set of tests.

In a Twitter post, Ayew said: “Sadly, I have tested positive for Covid-19 & have begun my quarantine in line with the health guidance. Thankfully, I am feeling fine & do not have any symptoms

“I will be cheering the boys on from home & look forward to being back on the pitch soon.”


👑 Get well soon, Jordan.#CPFC |

Palace are next in action against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, before the Eagles travel to face Wolves at Molineux on Friday October 30.

The draw against Brighton saw Palace remain 12th in the Premier League table, with seven points from their first five games of the season.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Alexis Mac Allister rescues deserved point in derby

Report and free match highlights as Wilfried Zaha nets a seventh goal against Brighton, the most he has scored against one opponent; Lewis Dunk sent off in added time for a reckless tackle on Gary Cahill

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Sunday 18 October 2020 16:40, UK

Alexis Mac Allister’s superb 90th-minute strike rescued a deserved draw for 10-man Brighton as they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in the M23 derby.

Graham Potter’s side were dominant in possession (65.6 per cent) and shots (20), but it was Crystal Palace who took the lead with their only shot of the game.

Wilfried Zaha (19) slotted home from the penalty spot – his seventh goal against Brighton, the most he has scored versus one opponent – after Tariq Lamptey was penalised for a foul on Michy Batshuayi, although replays suggested there was minimal contact.

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Brighton had a string of chances to level things up and looked to be heading for a third successive Premier League defeat until Mac Allister powered a sensational effort home from the edge of the area on the stroke of 90 minutes. However, their afternoon ended on a sour note when Lewis Dunk was sent off in the fourth of seven added minutes for a two-footed challenge on Gary Cahill.

The visitors were able to see the game out for a much-deserved point, but the result does keep them in 16th place. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, move up one place into 12th.


How Brighton battled back for a deserved point

Brighton made a good start at Selhurst Park and had a few chances fall their way. After a superb solo run from Solly March, he found Lamptey on the right of the area but he snatched at the ball and it was blocked by the Palace defence.

After a bit of a scuffle between Christian Benteke and Dan Burn before a Brighton corner, March’s delivery was punched away by Vicente Guaita before Yves Bissouma hammered an effort into the side of the net. Not long after, Ben White dragged a shot just wide of the far post.

1 – Since Opta began recording full shot data for the Premier League in 2003-04, Crystal Palace are the first team to have just one shot in a match in the competition and that shot be a penalty. Toothless.

But it was Crystal Palace who were handed an advantage in the 17th minute. In their first real attack of the game, Lamptey was penalised for a foul on Batshuayi inside the area as Andros Townsend whipped in a cross from the right. However, there appeared to be very little contact with the Palace striker stumbling over rather than being pulled. Zaha stepped up to fire home from the penalty spot with the Eagles’ only shot of the opening 45 minutes.

From then, the rest of the first half was a much more even affair but with little goalmouth action. The best chance came just before the half-hour mark and it was Brighton again who saw an effort wasted. Lamptey’s right-wing cross was sent back into the area by March on the opposite flank, but Neal Maupay was unable to direct his header on target, sending the ball flying into the empty Holmesdale End.

Player ratings

Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (7), Kouyate (7), Cahill (7), Mitchell (7), Townsend (6), McArthur (6), Riedewald (7), Schlupp (7), Zaha (7), Batshuayi (6).

Subs used: Milivojevic (n/a), Benteke (n/a).

Brighton: Ryan (6), White (7), Dunk (5), Webster (6), Burn (7), Lamptey (7), Bissouma (6), Lallana (7), March (7), Trossard (7), Maupay (8).

Subs used: Mac Allister (6), Connolly (6), Gross (n/a)

Man of the match: Neal Maupay.

The second half was much livelier and Maupay went close again inside four minutes. It was a superb switch of play from Brighton as March fired a cross in from the left flank with Adam Lallana leaving it for the striker. He took a touch before turning past Cahill and shooting, but Guaita was there to make the save.

Palace had the ball in the net for a second time not long after, but Batshuayi’s thunderous effort was ruled out for offside. It was a sensational throughball from Jairo Riedwald to send the Belgian striker through and it was an emphatic finish, but the flag was raised. VAR checked the decision and Batshuayi was just leaning offside as the ball was played.

Team news

Maupay was again causing issues as he darted into the area, dinking past Cheikhou Kouyate before Cahill and Joel Ward both threw themselves in front of his shot which flew well wide of the target.

Brighton continued to dominate and see the better of the attacking play, and they finally snatched a deserved equaliser right on the 90-minute mark. Maupay played the ball across the top of the area, with Aaron Connolly leaving it for Mac Allister and he rifled a thunderous effort into the bottom corner for his first Premier League goal.

But the Seagulls ended the game with 10 men as captain Dunk was dismissed with just a few minutes to play. Brighton delivered a corner but as Dunk tried to slot the ball home, he instead caught the legs of Cahill with a two-footed, tired challenge and it was a straight red card.

Man of the match – Neal Maupay

There were plenty of good performances across the board from Brighton, but Maupay was at the forefront of the attacking action. He had three superb chances to score, a team-high of six shots overall and helped set up Mac Allister’s equaliser with his flashed ball across the top of the area.

Lallana also showed his growing influence for Brighton, while Lamptey impressed again at right wing-back, but it was Maupay’s eagerness up front that just edged it.

Opta stats

  • Brighton attempted 19 more shots than Crystal Palace; their highest positive shot differential in a single Premier League match.
  • Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their last seven Premier League games on Sunday (D4 L3), since beating Bournemouth 5-3 in May 2019.
  • Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was sent off for the second time in his Premier League career and for the first time since December 2018 versus Bournemouth.

What’s next?

It is a short trip for Crystal Palace next weekend when they take on Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). Brighton host West Brom on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 5.30pm).

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Crystal Palace 'line up £30m swoop for Watford star Ismaila Sarr'

Crystal Palace ‘line up £30m swoop for Watford star Ismaila Sarr’ as the Eagles prepare one-off bid for former Manchester United target 

  • Crystal Palace are lining up a £30m bid for Watford star Ismaila Sarr 
  • The Hornets attacker has attracted interest from a number of top flight clubs 
  • Manchester United had targeted Sarr as an alternative to Jadon Sancho
  • The Eagles are reportedly prepared to make a one-off bid for the Senegalese  

Crystal Palace are preparing to make a swoop for Watford star Ismaila Sarr as Roy Hodgson looks to bolster his attacking options before the closure of the EFL transfer window. 

The 22-year-old has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with a number of suitors interested in the Hornets star following Watford’s relegation from the top flight.

Manchester United were reportedly interested in the Senegalese as an alternative for priority target Jadon Sancho, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side appear out of the race for the young winger.

Crystal Palace are reportedly lining up a £30million offer for Watford star Ismaila Sarr

The Senegalese has attracted interest from a host of top flight clubs after Watford’s relegation

And according to The Sun, the Eagles are lining up a £30m offer for Sarr, with the proposal set to be one-off bid from the south London club. 

The Hornets have insisted that Sarr’s £40m price tag is met, and as such it would be surprising to see the reported £30m offer accepted by the Championship outfit. 

Should Palace’s pursuit of Sarr fail, attentions may turn to Brentford star Said Benrahma once again.

Should Palace’s offer fail, the Eagles will turn to Said Benrahma as an alternative option

Palace have raided one Championship side this summer, signing Eberechi Eze from QPR

The Algeria international has attracted interest from a host of Premier League sides, with Chelsea and Arsenal linked with the dazzling winger.

West Ham have reportedly made a £17m offer for the Brentford star, while Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is said to be an admirer of the playmaker, and could make a swoop of his former club’s prized asset. 

Palace have already successfully raided one Championship club of their best star this summer, with the Eagles signing Eberechi Eze in a £19.5m deal from Queens Park Rangers. 

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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace preview, team news, kick-off

Christian Pulisic set for a return to Chelsea’s matchday squad but Hakim Ziyech remains sidelined; Crystal Palace have players back in training, but not fit for Saturday – watch free match highlights shortly after full-time on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel

Friday 2 October 2020 14:53, UK

Team news and stats ahead of Chelsea vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).

Team news

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed Christian Pulisic is expected to be among the substitutes against Crystal Palace as he continues his comeback from a hamstring injury.

However, the game will come too soon for summer signing Hakim Ziyech – who will miss out again – while Billy Gilmour is “progressing well” and could be fit again in the coming weeks.

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Crystal Palace have seen Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Scott Dann and Patrick van Aanholt back in training this week, although they will not be fit to feature at Stamford Bridge having yet to play this season.

Elsewhere, Jeffrey Schlupp remains the only major absentee for Roy Hodgson.


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