We were punished for our poor start to the game – Hodgson


Crystal Palace Manager, Roy Hodgson has stated that his team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Champions, Chelsea today because they made a dismal start to the game.

Chelsea took the lead through in-form Brazilian, Willian, before an own goal from Martin Kelly extended their lead, however, Palace got themselves back into the game after Patrick van Aanholt strike but it was too late to make much of a difference.

Alexander Sorloth’s effort was controversially ruled out early in the second half as they piled intense pressure on the Blues. The former England Manager believes that, had they started with the same intensity, they would have come away with something at the end.

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While speaking with reporters in his post-match conference, the 70-year old tactician said: “I sum it up probably by saying it’s a shame we didn’t play the whole game we played the second half. There was a big difference defensively and offensively and we paid the price for it.”

“Second half we were more aggressive, we played as we were hoping to play from the first whistle. The introduction of Wilf Zaha was a bonus and we started to ask questions of Chelsea and we could have ended the game as a draw.

“The level of commitment wasn’t good enough in the first half in my opinion. We didn’t have all XI doing that in the first half, but we did have all XI doing it in the second half.”

When questioned whether the second-half display provided him with cause for optimism in their battle against relegation, Hodgson added: “Optimism; I don’t know, I think it’s very clear to me what we’ve got to do in these last eight games – to make certain we leave no stone unturned in our fight to stay in the league.”

They are now one point above the relegation zone with eight games to go.