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Roy Hodgson praises Palace after Leicester victory

23 February 2019

This evening, Palace manager Roy Hodgson oversaw an astounding 4-1 victory for the Eagles over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

After the match, he proudly delivered a press conference where he expressed his delight with the result and satisfaction with how his team played. You can read what he spoke about below.

Palace's defensive success

"I was very pleased with the defending throughout the game really. I think it was important we dug in well today. Leicester are a good team with some really good quality players. We worked very hard to make certain that we restricted them getting into the areas where they would get a clear sight at our goal.

"And as the game wore on of course, we established a little bit more control ourselves, we got a bit more of the ball in the second half by bringing Wilf and Andros that little bit deeper and of course it made it a little bit easier for our central midfield players because they weren’t having to run quite so far out to the overlapping fullbacks and that gave us a slightly stronger shape I thought defensively than even the first half.

"We were able to get more possession in the centre of midfield and of course it was a very clinical piece of play. There was a lot of clinical finishing today which one has to be very happy about."

Michy Batshuayi

"He’s looking very lively I think as a Crystal Palace player. Up at Doncaster, he was unlucky not to score. We think that he’s doing what we would like him to do and showing all the signs we expected from him in terms of being a goalscorer.

"His performance today was really, really good in every respect. Not just offensively, it was a good performance defensively because we blocked off a lot of the passes into the centre of midfield. He dropped deep and made it difficult for them."

Wilfried Zaha

"It [scoring] has been something he’s been talking about and promising that he’ll do and thinks he needs to do. He thinks that he should be scoring more goals but that’s the first time he’s scored in three consecutive games. I thought he took both goals well.

"The first one needed a solid side foot. Schmeichel was ready on the line but it was close and a solid strike would score and he got it. The other one which put the game totally to bed was a really good strike at goal. It was the sheer power which beat Kasper Schmeichel on that occasion."

Referee Anthony Taylor

"We’re talking about one of the best referees in Europe here. In every game these days because the game is so intensive, because players are playing in such tight spaces, every time there’s any sort of challenge the referee has a decision to make.

"Obviously we on the touchline, we often see it a little bit one-eyed in favour of our man. I’ve got to say the referee controlled that very well. The most important thing was that he got the big decisions right. The penalty was a big decision but it seems pretty obvious to me that it was a clear penalty and in the first half, there was a penalty shout and seeing that again on the penalty replay, it was very clear that Tomkins got the ball."

The remainder of the season

"As far as we’re concerned, we know there are 11 matches left to play. We’re on a good run of form with two very tough matches coming up against Man United and Burnley but this victory will give us a lot of heart and what’s more, all the points you’ve got no one can take away and we’re getting closer if you like to that magical number of 40 that we all keep at the back of our minds.

"With the 11 matches we’ve got and the players that we’ve got to use to get the points, I’ve got to be confident that we’ll do it. If we’re capable of coming to a team like Leicester and getting a win, if we’re capable getting a win at Manchester CIty, if we’re capable of doing that then I’ve got to believe in this team and got to believe that somewhere along the line, those points we need will come. But who knows where? We never go into a game chanceless of getting points even if it happens to be Man City or Liverpool."

For the rest of the post-match reaction, make sure to head over to Palace TV now here or on the app!

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