Roy Hodgson delivered a heated post-match interview following Crystal Palace’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, answering questions from Sky Sports reporters before demanding more from his younger stars.
While Ange Postecoglou’s side were five points clear at the top of the table, the Eagles are now winless in their last three Premier League games.
After conceding two goals tonight, with Joel Ward firing James Maddison’s cross into his own net before Son Heung-min doubled Tottenham’s lead, the south London outfit have now conceded six goals in their last two games.
Although Hodgson admitted after the game that his side had put in a “good performance”, he was responding to questions from Sky Sports asking him to assess Palace’s game.
“I can never answer these questions. ‘How do I rate tonight?’ the 76-year-old replied, shrugging his shoulders.
Roy Hodgson responded to Sky Sports’ questions after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham
Palace have now conceded six goals in their last two games against Spurs and Newcastle
After a goalless first half, Spurs took the lead through a Joel Ward own goal before Son Heung-min made it 2-0
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“My prevailing emotion is largely the same after every defeat.” I have to say that I don’t really know how to answer this question either.
“I find it increasingly difficult to answer questions because they are not specific enough for me.”
“I thought our performance in the first half was very good. We gave them a good game throughout. “We are playing against a good team – unfortunately it will be very difficult when you have two goals to zero.”
The home side had 13 shots on target during the game, more than Tottenham’s 10, and the former England manager was also asked what he thought of how his team attacked Spurs during Friday’s Premier League clash.
“I don’t really know what to say about that,” he replied flatly. “Yeah, we should have scored five or six goals against them, I thought.”
“I’m sorry, I don’t know what to say, I’m sorry, I don’t know.” I don’t think we could have done more against them because they were determined not to let us do anything we wanted.
“We’re playing against a team that’s one of the best in the league. It’s two goals to nil and we tried and wanted it.”
Jordan Ayew equalized for Palace in the fourth minute of added time
Although Hodgson said his team performed well, he demanded more from his younger players after the game
In the fourth minute of injury time, Jordan Ayew turned the ball into the net for the home team.
In the second half, Hodgson brought on Matheus Franca, Naouirou Ahamada, Nathaniel Clyne and Jean-Philippe Mateta.
And the manager turned on his younger substitutes, claiming they had not changed the game for his team.
“There was no disappointment today. “Maybe the young substitutes who we think can believe in us and take us to a new level haven’t shown that.
“They actually didn’t do anything for us.” “We became a lot weaker when I made the substitutions.”