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Crystal Palace boss Hodgon praises 2-goal Milivojevic: Great mental strength

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised Luka Milivojevic after their 2-2 draw with Arsenal.

The skipper struck both goals from the spot for the point.

Hodgson said, “You have to give credit to him. To step up once again having missed the decisive penalty which cost us points at Everton, and then do it again at two very important situations just before half-time to give us the lead and then to rescue a point, that's great credit to Luka Milivojevic.

“It's not just a question of technique in those situations, it's a question of mental strength. I've been involved in teams in penalty shootouts and there are lots of theories about how they should be taken, but you need players with the mental strength to step up and score the goal. If it was a question of merely technique, every player on the pitch has the ability to do that."

On his team's character, the manager continued: “It was tremendous the way the players came back from that. It's not easy when you play as well as we did in the first half and come in leading but see that wiped out in the space of five minutes, and then there was the second goal which you're entitled to feel a sense of unjust over.

“To come back in the way that we did, equalise and come away from the game with a point, the players have got to be very satisfied for that. They deserve a lot of praise and congratulations for that performance."

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