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Hodgson Takes Positives from Liverpool Match Ahead of Clash with Spurs

27 January 2019

Scoring three goals against league-leaders Liverpool, last week Crystal Palace came painfully near to stealing points against one of Europe's top sides.

The result was perhaps as close to motivating that a loss could be and Eagles manager Roy Hodgson has outlined how he has taken positives from the 4-3 result at Anfield before his south London side face off with Tottenham Hotspur at 16.00 on Sunday.

The FA Cup tie sees Palace face their second top-four Premier League team in two weeks, with Mauricio Pochettino's men looking to make up for their narrow loss to Chelsea on penalties last night in the League Cup.

Looking back at the game on Merseyside, Hodgson said, "We can take positives from good performances and it was a very good performance, both defensively and offensively. It’s tough after a performance which could so easily have got you points in a game where you’re perhaps not expected to take points and you actually come away with none.

"In terms of positives, it’s very clear to us that we thought we played well. We thought that our work rate was excellent, that our attacking shape and defensive shape was good and to score three goals at a place like Anfield against a team who haven’t been conceding goals was a good effort.

"So one hopes that the players’ confidence won’t have been dented in any way. If anything, it should be boosted by the fact that we are capable of giving that type of performance."

The Palace manager will be looking for a similar performance on Sunday against another immensley talented side, ideally with a result that sees them progress one step further in English football's longest running tournament.

Hogson itterated, though, that whilst there were positives to take from recent matches, taking on Spurs will not be an easy challenge.

"A penalty shoot-out is a tough way to lose and go out of a competition but as far as I’m concerned, Tottenham are one of the best teams in the country and Mauricio Pochettino has made it very clear that he intends to fight on all fronts.

"I know he’ll be disappointed that the chance to reach the final slipped his hands last night and I expect him now to turn his attention fully to the FA Cup competition, which, with the quality of the players they have, they can quite easily win.

"We’re ready for a very tough game, they’re a couple of players short of course - well-documented absences - but we’ve got a couple of well-documented absences ourselves because it’s not very often that you go into a game without both your number one and number two goalkeepers."

Hodgson also provided an injury update ahead of the match, which you can read here.

To see how his side perform this Sunday, buy your tickets for Palace's clash with Spurs here now.

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