The 3-2 loss against Crystal Palace this weekend forced the defending champions to fall four points behind in the race for the title, with the Reds continuing their dominance and racing to their 15th victory in 18 matches; Liverpool are still the only side to remain unbeaten so far.
"It was a wonderful goal and a special moment, I was shouting for him to shoot because if they get it on the edge of their box they can break well because they are so good on the counter-attack but he had no doubt in his head and got it on target and scored a wonderful goal".
Prior to his injury, there was a report of Mendy being banned from the first-team set-up for a week by Pep Guardiola for being late, leading to speculation that the popular World Cup victor could face the axe next summer.
"If we played the 27th then the 25th would have been the day off, but the 26th means we train on the 25th, that's normal". We have to avoid, it we can not concede this kind of penalty.
Cardiff's solitary point on the road came in a goalless draw against relegation strugglers Huddersfield in August but it has to be noted that they have had a series of tough trips and this is only their second away game against one of the bottom eight.
Both are coming back from injuries but Guardiola says they should be able to win without them along with midfielder Fernandinho, who was missing with a muscle injury and was replaced by defender John Stones.
"You don't produce that sort of performance by waving a magic wand or having a five-minute team talk, there's a lot of work that goes into that structure and we were excellent", Hodgson said.
"When you win I am a genius, when you lose I am not good", Guardiola said.
"But I would like to think he will give Crystal Palace a bit of credit for that". We put in six or seven players with fresh legs. "The guys who played did absolutely everything".