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Hodgson praises Crystal Palace defending in 2-0 win over Spurs

Roy Hodgson has praised his sides defending after they secured a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur to progress through to the FA Cup fifth round.

While it wasn’t an FA Cup upset on the scale of Wimbledon’s win over West Ham yesterday, or even Millwall’s win over Everton, Crystal Palace‘s win will have come as a surprise to some considering how the two sides have performed in the league.

Spurs totally dominated possession of the ball, and the chances created at Selhurst Park, but with Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Dele Alli all out of action, they struggled to carve through a well drilled Palace side.

First-half goals from Connor Wickham and former Spurs star Andros Townsend was enough to send the Eagles into the draw for the fifth round, and speaking after the game, Roy Hodgson said he was pleased with the way his side defended.

“We defended very well because we knew that they would have a lot of the ball. We looked quite dangerous when we broke away and scored two good goals,” the former England boss told BBC Sport.

“We almost scored a third. We had the stroke of luck when Julian Speroni made two fine saves. They were pressing around our area but we were defending sensibly.”

Hodgson also warned his side against getting too complacent when they play their last 16 tie next month.

“I don’t often get this far. The league is often our priority. But watching Wimbledon and Shrewsbury and Millwall, we need to be a bit careful before we start congratulating ourselves because teams in the Championship and in League One are more than capable of upsetting the apple cart and causing an upset.”

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