Roy Hodgson left frustrated as Crystal Palace fail to make their possession count

BY SAM SMITH

Roy Hodgson rued a “disappointing day” for Crystal Palace as his side failed to capitalise on having the majority of possession and chances against rivals Brighton.

The Eagles had 64 per cent of the possession and 15 shots to the Seagulls’ four, but rarely looked like scoring apart from Luka Milivojevic’s penalty.

Hodgson said: “Over the 95 minutes we worked hard enough and tried hard enough to use our possession, corner kicks and free-kicks to get the goals we needed. We were not able to, and as a result it is a very disappointing day.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 9 March 2019.
Photograph by Keith Gillard
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 9 March 2019.
Photograph by Keith Gillard

“We can consider ourselves a little unlucky with the first one they scored, because the ball got caught in the wind. It set up quite well off James Tomkins and into a perfect position for Glenn Murray to put them one up.

“After getting back in the game at 1-1 and looking like we might capitalise on the possession against a well-drilled and compact defence, we concede a goal from 25 yards – right in the joint of post and bar.

“It is always hard to lose games at home, it is even harder to lose derby games.

“It’s exceptionally hard to lose them when the home team, my team, was pretty much in control of the game. It was a poor performance in the sense that we were not able to do enough with the amount of possession we had.”

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Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 9 March 2019.
Photograph by Keith Gillard
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 9 March 2019.
Photograph by Keith Gillard

 

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