Roy Hodgson was delighted with the performance from his Crystal Palace team today as they earned a remarkable 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Premier League.
While it was a sensational win for Crystal Palace, Eagles boss Hodgson gave a nod to the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes before teams are able to turn in such a display.
“You don’t produce that sort of performance by waving a magic wand or having a five-minute team talk, there’s a lot of work that goes into that structure and we were excellent,” Hodgson told BBC MOTD.
“We are playing against a team with enormous skill levels and their focus, their ability to sustain attacks, is an example to us all.
“I was really pleased with the way the lads worked hard for us. All the credit needs to go to the players. We scored three good goals.”
Hodgson also discussed the goal scored by Andros Townsend, which looks to be an early favourite for the goal of the season award which put Palace 2-1 up.
“Andros Townsend’s goal was magnificent, a wonderful strike on goal. He had a good performance, he is very happy with himself and as it came to him I thought ‘that’s not a bad body shape,'” added Hodgson.
“I wouldn’t say I thought he was going to score but he gave himself a chance. It will be a contender for goal of the week, if not goal of the year.
“It was Bill Shankly who said it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If the league was the Tour de France we have won a stage today, but we have a long way to go.”
Today’s win leaves Palace in 14th position, six points above the Premier League relegation zone.