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Hodgson - It's Tough for us to Take

8 December 2018

Following Crystal Palace's frustrating 3-2 loss away to West Ham United, manager Roy Hodgson reflected upon the game, saying that his team had played well at times but could have improved in other periods.

Hodgson saw the Eagles take the lead within six minutes of kick-off thanks to a James McArthur goal, but his side fell behind when the Hammers netted three times in 17 minutes to secure a victory despite Palace's valiant attempts to pull the match back.

The Eagles were unlucky not to have taken a point from the game, and, speaking in his post-match press conference, the Palace manager expressed his disappointment in the final score.

He spoke on the following topics.

A lucky start: "I never know how to sum up games. [At] Half-time, we were quite fortunate to be in the lead. I don’t think that we played anywhere near as good football as we’re good enough of playing. But we scored a goal and we had something to cling onto. I don’t think we were under the cosh as such, but I don’t think we did anything good enough to merit the lead."

Playing stronger in the second half: "In the second half, we played better if truth be known but unfortunately we conceded three goals. As a result, we’re chasing 3-1 away from home against a team of West Ham’s quality. It’s not going to be easy. We did pull one back but we only gave ourselves 10 minutes to get a third one and we weren’t capable of doing that.

"But I thought in terms of the way the team played, it was often better in that period in the second half. The game became a little bit open, we certainly had our moments in attack, they had theirs. Matches are won by goals and they got three and we could only get two."

A frustrating game: "We did concede three goals. Each goal you concede is a story by itself and certainly one of the goals could be contested for the free-kick.

[On Luka Milivojevic's free-kick hitting the bar] It's a big ‘if’. We played straight enough, we played our best football and had the best control of the game at 2-1 but it didn’t stop the third goal of course. It was obviously a very fine strike. He’s done that before, we know it’s in his locker but he proved once again that it’s something he can repeat so that was tough for us to accept."

The team preparing the same for every match: "We approach each game in the same way, we do all the things we need to work on. We need to make certain that the players understand from our analysis of the opposition that they’re going to do all the things we’ve done during the week’s training to make certain we are capable of dealing with the opposition’s threats and playing the sort of football which can cause them some threats. We do that every week."

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