Roy Hodgson believes Mamadou Sakho was right to be sent off but was a “victim of new interpretation of rules”.
Palace rose to fifth in the Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth – above the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – thanks to the victory, which was secured through Jeffrey Schlupp’s second half goal.
Schlupp had initially come on in the first half to replace the injured Patrick Van Aanholt – at a time when Mamadou Sakho had already been sent off.
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Hodgson was pleased with the way his side reacted to the early adversity to get their hands on the three points.
“It was a great victory,” he told Match of the Day. “I’m full of praise for what the players did today. To firstly lose your centre-back to a challenge which the referee deems to be a red card, and then to lose a left-back in an area where we have no cover.
“The last place we could really cover injuries was at the back, but we did and I thought the players showed an outstanding attitude at the back. Normally when you win 1-0 with 10 men you think you were lucky, but that wasn’t really the case and we had a few chances of our own so I’m delighted for he players.
“The referees are now under strict instructions, if they deem a challenge to be a little bit fierce, they are encouraged to give red cards. Under the new rules, I cannot make any complaints about it and I don’t think it was an error but Mamadou was perhaps a victim of the new interpretation of the rules. We will miss him because we have centre-halves injured at the minute.
“We think we have options going forward and our passing in midfield was very good. When we were 11 v 11, I thought we were looking to play through midfield. That changed when you go down a man but we didn’t back off and we still tried to play out.
“I think if there were any more goals to be had this season, I would save them for other games. I’m more than happy with 1-0 and it was fantastic support again tonight.”