Rafael Benitez says Newcastle conceded a 'soft penalty' in Crystal Palace draw

Feb 05, 2018, 00:46
Rafael Benitez says Newcastle conceded a 'soft penalty' in Crystal Palace draw

Palace nearly took the lead after just three minutes when Luka Milivojevic's through ball found Wilfried Zaha in space but his first touch took the ball away from him as Karl Darlow gathered comfortably.

They fell behind in the 22nd minute with some bad marking by the Eagles defence as they allowed Kenedy's corner to bounce through a crowd of players and an unmarked Mohamed Diame converted at the far post.

"Scoring the second goal could change everything", he told Sky Sports. We did well to hold them to a draw in the end.

There was little Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal could do about Mohamed Diame's opener, however, with suspect defending allowing the midfielder to score from the lively Kenedy's corner.

Wayne Hennessey prevented Palace going further behind when the Wales worldwide made a fine double save on 32 minutes, first from Kenedy after the Brazilian surged into the box and then a rebounded effort from Ayoze Perez.

Milivojevic showed a lack of conviction when shooting towards the bottom right corner but though Darlow guessed right and got a hand to the ball, he was unable to prevent it sailing behind him and into the back of the net.

Crystal Palace have surged up the table since former England manager Roy Hodgson took over the reigns at Selhurst Park.

He said: "The way we were playing in the first half I would certainly have taken [a point]". To come here and to get a point, before the game I would say no, but after the second half maybe.

"We have to ensure the new players make more competition in every position".

The centre back received treatment after referee Andre Marriner stopped the game and he returned to play out injury time, moving gingerly in the dying moments of the match, and Benitez was probed about his fitness in the immediate aftermath of the clash.

"We cannot do it (shirt pulling) but I can see a lot of penalties not given".

"We had to be strong in defence and it was hard".