Christian Benteke Apologises For His Farcical Penalty Miss at the Weekend


After the Eagles' endured some late, late heartbreak against Bournemouth on Saturday at the hands of Christian Benteke's ego, Roy Hodgson's side will be desperate to get back out there against Watford on Tuesday evening and put to bed the anguish of missing out on all three points against Eddie Howe's men.

Benteke's miss proved costly for the south Londoners as Swansea City and West Ham United, the two sides directly above them, both won.

There will no doubt have been some dressing room issues for Palace to deal with after the final whistle against Bournemouth, as many in red and blue were visibly frustrated when Christian Benteke robbed Luka Milivojevic of the ball, and even more dismayed to see his spot kick saved.

With the game locked ay 2-2, Benteke missed a penalty kick in stoppage time. "I'm certain he will", added the former England manager when asked if Benteke will feel guilty towards his team-mates.

But the Palace boss said Benteke was quick to take responsibility for the mistake.

"We'll miss him, in this period he's played a decisive role, been captain, shown his qualities and when you lose a player like that you can't be anything other than disappointed and sad". "Who knows. Maybe we will win a game by the odd goal and it will be some piece of magic from him and all this will be forgotten".

However, Hodgson dismissed the idea that Benteke opted to take the penalty himself to break his goalscoring drought.

Hodgson said: "You can not use it as an excuse that Christian wanted to get off the mark for the season". The goalkeeper would like to score a goal.

The 35-year-old England global has found games and goals hard to come by since his move from Sunderland in the summer (he had scored just once in 12 games before Saturday), but having scored four goals against Palace last season, he was in the mood to punish the Eagles once again.

Hodgson, however, insisted there was no reason to panic yet.

"We started the season with 0 points, 0 goals and 19 against".