Roy Hodgson says he is proud of his Crystal Palace team after their performance in a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield today.
Hodgson’s Eagles were 1-0 up at half-time through an Andros Townsend goal, but Liverpool responded immediately after the break with two strikes in ten minutes. Palace’s James Tomkins rose highest to make it 2-2 with a header from a corner in the 65th minute. Liverpool then scored another two before a very late Max Meyer goal pulled it back to 4-3.
After the game, Hodgson declared himself very proud of his team despite how they conceded what Hodgson considered to be “poor goals”.
“I’m very proud of the team. I don’t know what’s crazy about the game. We conceded some poor goals. The fourth shouldn’t be allowed because there’s a clear handball. So I’m not sure what’s crazy about it, I’m disappointed for the boys that they’ve got anything from it,”Hodgson told Sky Sports.
“You know they have extremely good players, you know it will be a hard task and it will require a lot of discipline and we did well to come back to 2-2 and 4-3 at the end after conceding a very unfair goal.”
The former England manager was disappointed his players got nothing from a game where they performed so well.
“You need character and personality and good team spirit, people prepared to stick to the game plan even when it’s not going your way. We knew if we deviated from the plan we could find it very difficult but we stuck to our way of playing and really I should be stood here congratulating the lads on getting something out if it.
“We showed a lot of composure, created opportunities at will. There’s been so many games this season where we’ve taken encouragement and we’ve played better than the result has shown. That disappoints me more than anything – I should be extremely satisfied but the fact we’ve lost 4-3 dents that.”