BY SAM SMITH
Roy Hodgson is disappointed that the post-match discussion of Crystal Palace’s victory against Aston Villa will centre around the VillaIn’s late disallowed goal – rather than the Eagles’ excellent performance.
Palace were dominant at Selhurst Park but managed just the one goal at Selhurst Park. Jordan Ayew wriggled past Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings before finishing into the corner to score the only goal of the game.
But Grealish thought he had set up the winner five minutes into added-time, but was harshly booked for diving in the build-up to him teeing up Henri Lansbury by referee Kevin Friend.
“Of course, there was controversy,” said Hodgson. “But I am very disappointed – or very dissatisfied – that such a good performance when we had maybe 70 minutes where we took the game to them and basically camped in their half, with corner kicks and free kicks that weren’t converted, and all of a sudden that is being reduced to one final decision at the end and whether it was the right one or the wrong one.
“I am very simple on that, if the referee had given the goal, I wouldn’t be here making any comment about it, and I don’t intend to about him not giving the goal.
“I accept his decision 100 per-cent and I am happy that he didn’t make another decision of course, because it would have been a bitter blow to lose two points in the last minute of this game when we could well and truly have been so far out of sight.”