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Hodgson laments the ‘harsh blow’ of late Everton goals

Roy Hodgson has described the two goals that his side conceded in the dying minutes of their match against Everton as a ‘harsh blow’.

Having seen a second-half penalty saved by England international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Crystal Palace were downed by a double hammer blow at the death, with substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun each bagging a late goal in the space of three minutes to snatch all three points for Everton.

Speaking after the game, Palace boss Roy Hodgson thought his side did more than enough to win the game or at least walk away with a point:

“Football does not give you what you deserve, it is a question of results,” Hodgson told the BBC.

“All you can do is hope the team played well enough to get a result – had we won even or certainly drawn no-one would have begrudged us that.

“But the bottom line was the game was lost to us on the 1-0 – there was not enough time to get back into it.

“It was a harsh blow to have defended so well and to then concede with just three minutes left, but the fact is it is a hard game and all you can do is accept your fate, whether we deserved it is neither here nor there. We must make sure that next Sunday against Arsenal we are as hard to beat as today.

“Every game in the Premier League is a tough assignment.”

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