BY ROB SUTHERLAND
Roy Hodgson praised Crystal Palace’s work-rate and effort following an astounding 2-1 win for Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
“We knew that if we didn’t seal the spaces, if we didn’t make certain that when we lost the ball we got back into our shape and let them have the ball in spaces that are less dangerous to us, they’d score goals.” he said.
The manager highlighted Jordan Ayew’s contribution to Palace’s win too.
“He had a very specific job to do – making sure Paul Pogba couldn’t come deep and spread passes all around the play.”
Palace, playing much of the game on the back foot with just 29 per cent possession, were reliant on the experience and quality of Gary Cahill. The centre-back replaced Scott Dann in the starting line-up.
“I had three centre-backs and I wanted Gary to play, and I had to make a choice whether I played Scott Dann or Martin Kelly alongside Gary Cahill and I chose Martin Kelly.The way the team performed and those two performed justified the decision.”