Roy Hodgson was left frustrated by Palace's late surrender at Bournemouth, but stressed the importance of belief for the run in.
Speaking during his post-match press conference, the boss praised the Eagles' overall performance but was frustrated by the two lapses to allow the Cherries back into the game after Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha had put Palace ahead.
On the result: "We played very well. The players must be very disappointed frustrated they couldn’t hold on to the lead on to occasions and we certainly created enough chances to put the game to bed in actual fact, but didn’t take them, and as a result [we drew]. You’re always liable [to concede] from a corner kick or a free kick late in the game and that’s what happened to us; a young lad’s lost his marker and that’s the end of it in the 89th minute. I thought the team played very well up until then and if we continue to play like that in the next five games then I believe we can take enough points."
On confidence and belief: "I’ve got confidence in the team and I think the team show they’ve got confidence in themselves. The way we played our football today showed that, but it’s going to be a dogfight with all the teams down there and basically it can boil down to the fact you score some lucky goals or you survive some really hairy escapes.
"I thought today that there weren’t that many attempts on our goal that really worried me. I think they had lots of attempted at their goal that must have worried Eddie Howe and his coaching team. It’s a long while since I’ve felt like we’ve been really outplayed by an opponent – Chelsea, certainly in the first half did it – but even the games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham I didn’t feel we were outplayed. We’ve got to believe that if we keep doing that we can get the results we need."
On a potential penalty (Cook on Zaha): "It was close. I think I’ll have to look at it again. The fourth official said that he got the ball first, but that didn’t stop the referee in the last minute giving a free kick when Tomkins got the ball first. I didn’t quite know what the difference between those two situations was."
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