My criticism of Rak-Sakyi, other youngsters after Spurs' defeat was unfair; I apologise – Roy Hodgson

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Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson has apologised to Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and other youngsters in the first team.

The gaffer criticised the young players for not helping the team after their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

In the game, 19-year-old Matheus Franca, 21-year-old Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, and 21-year-old Naouirou Ahamada were introduced from the bench to help the club.

After the defeat, Roy Hodson said “There was no disappointment today. Maybe the young substitutes, who we like to think we can believe in and would help us to a different level, didn’t show that. They didn’t do anything for us at all, really. We became much weaker when I made the substitutions.”

After reflecting on his comments, the Crystal Palace manager says he was unfair. He has hence apologised to the young players.

“It was wrong of me to do so in the disappointment of the game. I was rather hoping at 2-0 down we could mount some sort of recovery.

“Sometimes (in) the press conference directly after the game one is tempted to say things you certainly shouldn’t say and really I don’t mean.

“We have great faith in all of our young players. They’re making progress. It’s unfair to expect more of them as I’m suggesting I did expect. That’s very unfair of me. I’ve spoken to the three, explained that, and apologised,” Roy Hodgson said.
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