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Hodgson - We Asked as Many Questions as Possible

26 December 2018

Roy Hodgson has voiced his thoughts on Crystal Palace's 0-0 draw with Cardiff City today in his post-match press conference, analysing the game and stating his opinion on it.

Following a frustrating match in which the Eagles attacked relentlessly throughout the second half in particular, being very unlucky not to have capitalised on a series of efforts, Hodgson expressed his view on the match, his players and reflected on life as a manager after so many years in the game.

Hodgson discussed:

A strong start and stronger finish: "We started the game so well I thought but then we lost our way a little bit. We weren't moving the ball as quickly towards the end of the first half as we were when we started. Andros [Townsend] hit the crossbar in the first minute, but at half-time we put it right and we got back on the horse again and in the second half we asked as many questions as it is possible to ask."

A resolute visiting team: "They had five at the back, worked very hard, did a good job as we'd expect them to, the goalkeeper was there if needed and we really just needed that goal. They came with a good defensive set up, a good plan and they were determined to make certain they didn't lose the game as we were determined to win it.

"We weren't certain that they'd play with five at the back, that was hard for us to predict because it's not something they've done very often if at all. They've played very much a 4-3-3 system in their last few games. To be fair, we couldn't expect that. That's credit to their manager, to try and get the result he thought was necessary. Perhaps our win last week gave us a bit more status than we otherwise would have had had we been beaten. Who knows? But I thought we dealt with their system well, we still produced the attacking play and the type of attacking moves I was hoping for and that gave us shots and opportunities."

An equally resolute Palace defence: "We do have a good defensive organisation in my opinion and work very hard in that respect. We do keep clean sheets, we've conceded a lot less goals than many other teams in the bottom half of the table and we've got to make certain that we keep that going. It is something which is a foundation or a rock. If you know that we might not always win or might deserve to win but we don't, at least on those occasions you don't get beaten."

Frustration: "We really just needed that goal. We needed something to work for us a bit like with Luka's [Milivojevic] free-kick. We really needed the free-kick not to hit the post but to have gone in, then we would have been comfortable and maybe even gone on to score a second goal.

"At 0-0, you're never safe and we have to thank our goalkeeper for keeping a clean sheet or otherwise we might have lost the game 1-0. That would have really disappointed me because we certainly didn't deserve that. But we have to bite the bullet; we'd have like to have won this game, we'd have liked to have added to the three points we got up at Manchester City but there's always an opponent there against you, a team equally determined as you are to get a good result."

Two men in their 70s involved with top-level football: "As managers, we don't regard ourselves as 70-years-old, that's the problem. We put that fact conveniently behind us I suppose because we don't feel it. Watching [Neil] Warnock on the touchline as animated as he is, finding all that energy, he obviously doesn't feel like he's 70 years of age.

"We're both in the same boat, we totally refuse to accept that we are the age we are. And I watched a wonderful documentary on Bob Robson and it brought it home to me that it doesn't matter what age you are, it's about what you bring to the table. Bob Robson was the classic example of that. I'd like to think that Warnock and I are in the same sort of mould."

For the rest of the post-match reaction, head over to Palace TV now. Or, if you're reading in the app, just click 'Palace TV'.

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