Roy Hodgson delivers verdict on Crystal Palace’s displays in Uhrencup

BY SAM SMITH

Roy Hodgson said he was not disappointed after his Crystal Palace side fell to a 2-0 defeat against BSC Young Boys on Saturday.

The result meant the Eagles missed out on lifting the Uhrencup in Switzerland.

But the Palace boss was pleased that this pre-season tournament provided his players with two tough fixtures as they continue their preparations for the 2019-20 season.

The South Londoners defeated FC Luzern on penalties last Tuesday before their defeat to the Swiss Super League champions at the weekend.

Hodgson told Palace TV: “We’ve had two very tough matches, much tougher than we would normally play after only one week’s training. But we knew that it was going to be tough after just one week so we were ready for that.

“Also the fact that we had such good training facilities, the hotel was so good, the players liked the town where we were staying.

“The main purpose of the visit was really the training facilities and the accommodation and to have two matches which were going to really test us out. It’s been a perfect training camp in that respect.”

Palace conceded twice in the opening half an hour. First, Patrick van Aanholt and Vicente Guaita combined to gift Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu an easy finish, before Guillaume Hoarau netted via a James McArthur deflection.

But Hodgson was especially pleased how his side responded in the second half.

“All in all it’s been a good week’s work and I’m not at all disappointed here today,” he said. “I was a bit after the first half, but the second half has really cheered me up because we played really well.

“In the second half we were arguably the better team. They didn’t create that many chances but unfortunately we shot ourselves in the foot with a major error after five or six minutes. So of course when you start games like this and you’re 1-0 down it’s always going to be hard. It was an excellent workout for the boys.

“We worked really hard and I’m actually impressed by the level of fitness we showed after only two weeks in training.”

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