Roy Hodgson says the weather played a part after watching his Crystal Palace side lose 2-1 at Watford in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Substitute Andre Gray scored the winner as Watford progressed to the last four at Vicarage Road, after Palace’s Michy Batshuayi had cancelled out Etienne Capoue’s first-half opener.
After Jurgen Klopp was widely ridiculed for blaming the wind for Liverpool‘s recent draw at Everton, Hodgson also alluded to the adverse weather conditions affecting his side’s performance and ultimately, the result.
“It was a close game, once again a game at this stage of the season affected by conditions – the wind was difficult, and you can’t get the ball down on the ground as much,” Hodgson told BBC’s Match of the Day.
“At half-time there wasn’t much to say – they had a lot of corners and used the wind to their advantage.
“In the second half we played a lot better, got a deserved equaliser and we were looking like it could be us to get the second goal. But, it was the opposite, a good goal from Gray wins it for Watford.”