Thursday 17 October 2019

Hodgson fumes as Palace lose six-pointer

Crystal Palace 1 Brighton 2

Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates the result following the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on March 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates the result following the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on March 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Roy Hodgson was "incensed" by Anthony Knockaert's challenge on Luka Milivojevic - but refused to blame Crystal Palace's defeat on the fact he was not sent off.

Knockaert escaped with only a yellow card when he fouled Milivojevic in the opening minute at Selhurst Park, and he remained on the pitch to score a superb winning goal that took his side level on 33 points with Palace, and more crucially closer to safety.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Fulham - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 9, 2019 Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with Jamie Vardy after the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Fulham - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 9, 2019 Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with Jamie Vardy after the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Brighton have recorded successive league victories after a winless start to 2019, therefore easing what had been the growing threat of relegation.

Glenn Murray had earlier produced a similarly fine finish to give the visitors the lead in this six-pointer, before Milivojevic's second-half penalty, but a wider concern for Hodgson will be the extent to which his team underperformed.

"We were incensed by the challenge - it looked very dangerous," said the Palace manager. "I was pleased to see Milivojevic get to his feet again. My first thought was to look to the bench and get someone warmed up because I envisaged him not being able to carry on. (But) we had 95, 96 minutes to try to win the game and were not able to do so.

"It is a very disappointing day. It was a poor performance in that we were not able to do enough with the amount of possession we had."

That Brighton have rediscovered the momentum required to preserve their Premier League status eases the pressure on manager Chris Hughton.

He said: "At 1-1 if you had offered me a draw, I would have taken it. We're the away team. They've got a penalty so early in the second half, they're in the ascendancy. The team showed great character after that."

Leicester City 3
Fulham 1

Brendan Rodgers saluted Jamie Vardy after he passed his century of goals for Leicester. The forward’s late brace took his tally to 101 as the Foxes condemned Fulham to a sixth straight defeat.

It has taken the 32-year-old 262 games, since netting his first against Torquay in 2012, to pass the century. His brace came after Floyd Ayite had levelled for the visitors. Vardy also set up Monaco loanee Youri Tielemans to give Leicester the lead after 21 minutes.

The win was Rodgers’ first as Leicester boss. The Northern Irishman said of Vardy: “He is a wonderful striker and scored two very good goals. He is one of the best in this division if you get up the pitch and slide him in. He doesn’t need many chances to score.”

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