Roy Hodgson admitted that Mike Dean was entitled to award the late penalty that saw Palace lose 2- to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Four minutes from time, Junior Stanislas was handed the opportunity to score from 12 yards after Dean ruled that Mamadou Sakho elbowed Jefferson Lerma in the face at a free-kick, and the Cherries attacker tucked away the chance to defeat Palace.
Hodgson was magnanimous in defeat afterwards, admitting that having watched TV replays of the incident that Dean possibly made the right call, even if the collision was accidental by Sakho.
The Palace boss spoke about a number of issues in his post-match press conference, including:
Penalty decision: “When the ball is put into a crowded area and suddenly the referee blows his whistle, from our position on the bench we haven’t got a clue what’s gone on. You have to have a TV screen and look at it in slow motion, and I think that Mamadou Sakho has got no intention to elbow the player or use it to stop him getting to the ball, because he wouldn’t have got there as they wouldn’t have scored from the actual cross itself.
“But I can’t deny that having seen it on the TV that Mamadou does catch the player, and as a result the referee is quite entitled to give a penalty.”
Sakho: “When those things happen the players feel aggrieved. In football we are used to when you give a penalty away it’s because you’ve deliberately stopped someone from scoring a goal or a chance to score, so when there’s some sort of collision in that way and the referee blows for a penalty, all defenders will be very upset by it.”
Late heartache: “It’s always frustrating to lose to a needless free-kick given away which led to a penalty, especially after doing so well by first of all overcoming the shock start and the goal that Brooks scored to then get back onto an even keel in the first half. Then we came out in the second half on the front foot, showed a lot of initiative and got an equaliser.
“At that stage I was hoping we would go on and win it, but in the end we paid a high price for the mistakes we made and we have nothing to show for our efforts.”
Max Meyer: “I thought he did well. He got on the ball in the first half, and especially in the second half when we had the lion’s share of possession, were creating opportunities and playing very much in their half of the field, and so he did exactly what we wanted him to do.
“He tired towards the end as did the other two players that I took off, but that’s because they put a lot of work in. It was a high tempo, high intensity game today.”