Tuesday Feb 11, 2020. 13:00
Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha needs to be protected according to his Crystal Palace teammate Luka Milivojević.
The Palace captain is usually the first to try to diffuse confrontational issues on the field – regularly leaping to separate players from trouble.
Milivojević is often seen trying to protect and placate Zaha after repeated, cynical targeting during English Premier League matches.
“It’s true. We all know that most of the teams will go to kick your best player – I try to protect [him] – it’s part of my job as captain,” Milivojević told the club’s official website.
“I’m always there to help others. But this time, it was a different situation. I didn’t solve it in the way I should.
“You have to learn on your mistakes, try to never repeat again – you don’t leave your team a man down,” the Serbian midfielder continued.
“I lose a lot from this red card as a person, I know that. But the other players can learn from my mistake too. I let the players down, which is something you cannot do.
“But it happened, but I cannot now judge myself. But I will try to never repeat again and to be honest, to keep my focus.”
Zaha, 27, is one of the best wingers in England and he has netted three goals in 26 appearances in the league this season.