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Hodgson hails Zaha

22nd December 2018, 11:51 by Nick Harris

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha deserves to be credited with an assist each time he wins a penalty, according to Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson believes Ivory Coast winger Zaha does not receive enough recognition for the penalties he wins.

Zaha has already earned two spot-kicks for Palace this term, with Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic converting both.

And former England boss Hodgson would like to see a scenario where Zaha's assist tally reflects him earning those penalties.

Asked if players should earn assists for winning successfully-converted penalties, Hodgson replied: "Now you're going to ask me how statistics are interpreted in this country; I would rewrite the whole thing.

"But that would be just one minor part I would rewrite.

"If you were fairer you'd give a lot of those goals, apportion them more in some ways to the forwards who have been fouled, rather than just to Luka who converts the penalty.

"I don't think Wilf gets enough credit for that, for the penalties he wins."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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