Roy Hodgson: I’m happy with a Crystal Palace clean sheet – even if the media want mistakes and loads of goals

Brighton & Hove Albion's Dale Stephens (left) and Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.

Roy Hodgson was happy with Crystal Palace’s stalemate at Brighton – even if he knew the assembled press wanted fireworks.

In the end we had to settle for smoke bombs and bangers being let off in the away end as the two clubs battled it out to a 0-0 draw.

The Eagles are still yet to score an away goal but did claim a first clean sheet on the road this season.

Hodgson said: “It was the correct result, but I understand 0-0 games are never popular. It’s a bit unfair for me to expect too much jubilation from the media here tonight.

“You want to see lots of goals and lots of mistakes. We want to see no mistakes and clean sheets. We defended well. With the firepower we have in our team – that front portion – we could have done more. I think the players will agree with me that we could have done more. We got ourselves in good positions but didn’t capitalise on them.

“It was probably a fair result. Both sides had their moments in the game. We haven’t had too many clean sheets, so that is a step in the right direction – especially against a team that play like Brighton do and are particularly strong from corners and set-plays.

“We’ve got more in our locker. We showed it in patches. It was a big disappointment that we couldn’t extend those patches. We just needed a correct pass or correct decision from creating a good chance.

“It was important not to come here and lose and keep that momentum going.

“Expectations from both sets of fans are very high – both sets of players feel under pressure. But when you get that sort of pressure the chances of you taking risks and throwing caution to the wind diminish because you are frightened you’re going to be the one who costs your team a valuable point.

“But I think it was just one of those games where both teams were quite strong defensively and determined. The game was played in a fair way. It was competitive, that’s for sure, but it never got out of hand. There were no nasty challenges at all.”

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