Friday 19 April 2019

Hodgson delight after tough battle

Doncaster Rvs 0 Crystal Palace 2

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Doncaster Rovers' Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine
Crystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Doncaster Rovers' Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine

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Roy Hodgson was pleased with the professionalism of his Crystal Palace side as they negotiated a potentially tricky FA Cup tie with Doncaster to reach the quarter-finals.

Palace bookended the first half with goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer as they secured a 2-0 away win in the fifth-round tie.

Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi in action with Doncaster Rovers' Marko Marosi. Photo; Reuters/Carl Recine
Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi in action with Doncaster Rovers' Marko Marosi. Photo; Reuters/Carl Recine

"It was a very tough game," Hodgson said.

"We had prepared for a tough game. We knew Doncaster Rovers were a good football team and we had seen enough from our research to know that. Luckily I was able to really imprint that in the minds of our players and there was never going to be any complacency on our part.

"In fact, Doncaster were every bit as good as I thought they might be, perhaps even slightly better.

"The pitch was a bit of a factor which evened things out and Doncaster probably dealt with how firm and bumpy it was better than we did.

Doncaster Rovers' Ben Whiteman (left) and Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Doncaster Rovers' Ben Whiteman (left) and Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

"I thought both teams tried to play good football.

"In the end we are delighted to come through on the right side and go into the quarter-finals."

 

Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi (left) and Doncaster Rovers' Paul Downing (right). Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi (left) and Doncaster Rovers' Paul Downing (right). Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Doncaster Rovers' Herbie Kane slides in on Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi (centre). Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Doncaster Rovers' Herbie Kane slides in on Crystal Palace's Michy Batshuayi (centre). Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

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