Sunday 25 August 2019

Hodgson laments lost points

Crystal Palace 2 Everton 2

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on. Photo: Getty Images
Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on. Photo: Getty Images

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson snapped at the suggestion he needs to inspire wins after seeing his relegation-threatened side frustrated at home by Everton.

Palace's draw at Selhurst Park was another match in which Hodgson felt his team were superior and not rewarded with the three points they deserved.

Oumar Niasse (C) of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Getty Images
Oumar Niasse (C) of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal. Photo: Getty Images

They were comfortably the better team and twice led, through goals from James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha, before Leighton Baines scored from a controversial penalty and Oumar Niasse's finish on the stroke of half-time.

It was also Niasse who appeared to dive under minimal contact from Scott Dann for Everton's penalty, and who could yet face a retrospective charge, but the wider concern for Hodgson will be further dropped points. Palace have also recently lost at Newcastle and Tottenham when their efforts arguably deserved better, and when asked about his need to get more, the 70-year-old angrily responded: "I work to get performances, to make sure the team understands its job, goes out and puts in good performances. We created more chances, conceded fewer, had more of the ball having been fouled what must have been a record number of times (26 times). If good performances are key to getting points, we'll get them.

"The referee (Anthony Taylor) gave it as a penalty. They scored it. That's the end of it. There's no point sitting here saying we played well and deserved better. You get what you get. It's two points lost, not thrown away. We played well enough to win the game."

Palace had contributed to Everton's second goal when Julian Speroni chose to pass short to Dann instead of kick long, and the unprepared defender conceded possession to Idrissa Gueye before Niasse was sent through to score.

James McArthur of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates. Photo: Getty Images
James McArthur of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates. Photo: Getty Images

The result means the visitors' caretaker manager David Unsworth has secured four points from their past two games at a time when they are again expected to approach Watford for Marco Silva, and he said: "If I get the job, I'll be delighted. If I don't, I'm sure the board and chairman will have made the right decision for the club. I'm an Everton fan. I work for the club. Whoever gets the job, I'll shake them by the hand and wish them the best. I haven't seen (the penalty incident) again. It was a long way away. It looked like there was contact from where I was stood. Oumar will always take on an opportunity."

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