Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Roy Hodgson: Sam Allardyce never apologised for mocking how I speak

Roy Hodgson: Sam Allardyce never apologised for mocking how I speak

Sam Allardyce sought to explain away the defeat at a news conference when he called on his players to deliver the right reaction in Saturday's home game against Crystal Palace.

"Do you like being insulted?"

"I think this season, he's playing like the Zaha everyone knows, he's got end product, he's scoring goals and he's a terrific talent".

"You don't sleep. I don't sleep much anyway but I watched the game on Sky initially, the 30-minute game, and I've seen it again since and it was actually a bit better than I thought on the night".

Hodgson is not the first manager Allardyce has had something nasty to say about, having expressed sentiments that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was "a soft German" along with other feuds with Rafa Benitez, Marco Silva and more. "A lot of time has passed since that unfortunate situation I was in".

"It's crucial to get Wilf back", added Hodgson.

The Everton boss believes his players have accepted the loss and are ready to move
The Everton boss believes his players have accepted the loss and are ready to move

"It's going to be hard, but I know at Selhurst Park with those fans it's like an extra player, so they will need the fans massively". "Hopefully he is fine with it". "It has gone. It belongs to the distant past".

Winger Zaha surprisingly became the latest casualty of a debilitating Eagles injury crisis that has threatened to halt their impressive resurgence during last Sunday's (4 February) 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, with The Guardian reporting that he had been referred to a specialist after undergoing a scan on a knee problem sustained in the first half that did not lead to a substitution.

"Palace were fortunate to keep hold of him in the summer, and it's a massive blow to lose him because he's the man with that X factor, they just give him the ball and ask him to win the game".

With Zaha set to be sidelined for around a month and Bakary Sako out for the rest of the season, the former Republic of Ireland attacker expects the rest of the squad to step up to the plate.

"These were clear instructions because there was a very, very good performance by Swansea against Arsenal on Tuesday that made them a very, very good victory, so we were basing our plan on that which is obvious when it's so soon".

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