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Hodgson assesses Brighton loss

9 March 2019

Roy Hodgson spoke following Crystal Palace's loss to Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon, expressing his frustration with the result and remarking on events from throughout the game.

He spoke on the following topics.

Anthony Knockaert's foul

"He committed a bad foul early on but I don't think it was a malicious foul. It was a winger's tackle, wasn't it? Trying in a derby game to show his commitment. It was over the ball of course and it was a bad foul of course but I presume the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt on that one. But certainly it was a fantastic goal they scored to win the game.

"You'd have to ask the referee. We were incensed by the challenge of course, I thought it looked like a very dangerous one. I was very pleased to see Luka Milivojevic get to his feet again. My first thought was to turn to Cheikhou Kouyate and to tell him to get warmed up. I had visions of him not being able to carry on.

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Match report: Palace fall to visiting Brighton

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"It happened a long time ago, in actual fact we had 95 minutes after that to try to win the game but we weren't able to do so. I'm not terribly pleased to be discussing an incident in the first 45 seconds, there's a lot to talk about in a game of football.

"To say it was malicious, you'd have to know if that intent was in the player's mind and I don't know that at all but it was over the top of the ball, that was the thing. For as long as I've been involved with football that's been one of those things that you get incensed about if it happens against your team and that you deplore."

Brighton's goals and Palace's efforts

"I think that we can consider ourselves a little bit unlucky that the first one got caught in the wind. The set-up coming off James Tomkins put Glenn Murray in the perfect position to put them one-up despite the fact that at that stage they'd not really been into our penalty area.

"And then after getting back into the game at 1-1 and looking like we might go on to really capitalise on the possession and the fact that we were pushing hard against a well-drilled and well-packed defence. We conceded that goal which is one of those unstoppable ones from 20-yards which go in off the post and the crossbar, right in the join.

"I think that over the 95 minutes, we worked hard enough and tried hard enough to use our possession and corner kicks and free-kicks to get the goals we needed. But we weren't able to and as a result, it was a very disappointing day. It's always hard to lose games at home, it's even harder to lose them in derby matches and it's exceptionally hard to lose them when in actual fact for large parts of the game it's been the home team, my team, pretty much in control."

Palace's performance today compared with recent form

"It's a poor performance in the sense that we weren't able to do enough with the amount of possession that we'd got. But they are such different games so I don't know quite how you compare them. The last two games, we were playing against teams where we'd had 40% of possession against a team that's had 60% of possession.

"We'd had great opportunities to use our counter-attacking threats and to use those opportunities whereas today of course we were up against a packed defence who had the benefit from 15 minutes into the game to be sitting on a 1-0 lead. I don't quite know how the performances can be compared particularly. Can we play better? I suppose we can."

For all the post-match reaction, including an interview with Hodgson, head over to Palace TV. If you're reading behind the app, just click 'Palace TV'.

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