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'Doesn't matter if he's aged 35, 25 or 15' - Hodgson analyses Cahill goal

2 February 2021

Roy Hodgson could reflect on a characteristically solid 90 minutes for Crystal Palace and an almost uncharacteristic involvement for Gary Cahill after his side's victory over Newcastle United.

The Palace manager may have become accustomed to leading competent performances in red and blue, but he witnessed a Cahill goal in those colours for the first time on Tuesday evening.

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Gary Cahill reacts to Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

2 February 2021

After hearing Cahill's winning header against the Magpies made him the Eagles' oldest Premier League goalscorer, Hodgson said: "It doesn’t make a difference if he’s 35, 25 or 15. The important thing is he did the job.

"It was good work down the right-hand side to get the free-kick, I think it was Jordan [Ayew] who provoked the foul. It was an excellent ball in from Eberechi Eze – a real quality cross from that position. Gary lost his marker, threw his head at the ball and scored. I’m really pleased for him, pleased for the team of course."

Turning his attention to the performance as a whole, Hodgson gave his views on a well-earned victory:

"We were very pleased," he said. "It was never going to be an easy game. We got up well, played some good football and were deservedly leading at half-time. 

"I thought we passed the ball well in the first-half – the control we had of the ball in midfield, the way the full-backs were getting forward and taking advantage of the fact there was some space out there.

"The second-half was more close but that was because they [Newcastle] had the ball much more and were playing the ball forward into our backline much more often. The first-half was a good half from both teams, as was the quality of football."

Finally, the Palace manager discussed upcoming matches, explaining that securing consecutive victories away from home will have boosted his side's confidence in a significant run of fixtures: 

"It’s good to go into the game against Leeds six points better off than we were last Friday. Facing Wolves and a trip to Newcastle and then Leeds, you’re thinking: ‘This could be a very, very difficult spell for us.’

"But to get six points from the first two of those is obviously a relief, I suppose, although to use the word ‘relief’ suggests I was feeling undue pressure about the results of those games or not believing we had the capacity to get results from those games. That wouldn’t be true.

"It’s a nice feeling that, okay, those two games that were very difficult on paper are now behind us and we’ve taken the maximum points."

You can watch full highlights and post-match reaction of this clash for FREE via Palace TV - either click here or 'Palace TV' within the app!

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