Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praises forgotten Jaïro Riedewald

December 9, 2019

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised Jaïro Riedewald for his performance in their 0-0 draw at Watford.

Hodgson found plenty of positives from the result, though revealed that Jeffrey Schlupp was subbed at half-time due to a muscular injury. Riedewald impressed Hodgson at left-back.

He said: “All these muscle injuries have to be assessed and the doctors won’t give you any idea at the moment to the extent of it, but it was forced upon us.

“We were obliged to put Jaïro in, and he did exceptionally well in a position that he certainly hasn’t played many games for us in, and to come in, in the second-half and play a Watford team who play the ball forward quickly and play with wingers and he coped very well.

“We were fortunate that, that happened because we really have been so unlucky, because at the start of the season we said we don’t want injuries at right and left-back because we need [Joel] Ward and Patrick van Aanholt there all the time; we didn’t get that.”

The manager added: “It was very much a team and squad victory. Now we’ve got a few days, and we need those days to first of all recover, we have some very, very fatigued players out there. I thought that was obvious towards the end of the game with some of the decisions people were making, they were running on empty really.”