In his pre-match press conference before Saturday's hugely anticipated Brighton & Hove Albion clash at Selhurst Park, Palace boss Roy Hodgson was pressed on his side’s recent record of conceding crucial goals late on.
Palace have conceded decisive goals in the 89th minute against Brighton, 84th against Liverpool, 91st against Manchester United and 88th against Tottenham Hotspur, but Hodgson was adamant there is not a simple explanation or correlation between the goals.
Hodgson said: “It’s a concern every goal you concede – whether it’s the first or last minute. You have to analyse why the goals have been conceded and make certain you don’t draw the wrong conclusions.
“If you take the Manchester United one – that drive from Matic, against Tottenham Hotspur, it was unfortunate that James Tomkins got injured meaning Damien Delaney had to come on cold and mark Harry Kane at a corner kick. If we take the Liverpool one, after keeping them at bay for a large part of the game - Salah got his one chance of the game and took it. Then on Saturday [against Bournemouth], we conceded a couple of corner kicks at the end and didn’t get our marking right.
“So we know why it’s happened. It’s been unfortunate that it’s happened. But I’d be more concerned if we were conceding late goals because suddenly our play has disintegrated, but that hasn’t been the case. There never is one underlying factor. People would like the game to be simpler – but there isn’t one simple explanation. It’s often more complicated than one simple factor. It’s a pity – because if it was down to one simple factor, it would be a lot easier to put right!”