Hodgson pleased Palace were not ‘battered’ by Chelsea

‘We were not battered’: Roy Hodgson pleased with Crystal Palace’s efforts despite defeat to unbeaten Chelsea

  • Crystal Palace suffered a 3-1 defeat to high-flying Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 
  • Andros Townsend’s strike briefly pulled Roy Hodgson’s side level after half-time
  • Hodgson felt Palace acquitted themselves well and played some good football
  • But he conceded that Chelsea’s quality in front of goal told in the end

Roy Hodgson was disappointed but not disheartened after Crystal Palace’s defeat at unbeaten Chelsea.

Alvaro Morata scored either side of Andros Townsend’s equaliser, before Pedro’s strike put daylight between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.

Palace looked dangerous going forward and Hodgson did not feel they were overwhelmed by their in-form opponents.

Roy Hodgson felt Crystal Palace acquitted themselves well despite falling to defeat at Chelsea

Roy Hodgson felt Crystal Palace acquitted themselves well despite falling to defeat at Chelsea

He told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think we were in any way battered by Chelsea today. We gave it our best shot.

‘I don’t think, quite honestly, we were under the cosh by any stretch of the imagination. 

‘The two strikes of Morata’s were very clinical. They took their goals well. 

‘We played well enough to get back into the game and scored an equalising goal.

‘They got the free-kick for the second goal and that puts you on the back foot. They were all well-taken goals.’

Palace are just three points outside of the relegation zone after 11 games and host Tottenham next week, before a trip to Manchester United after the international break. 

Andros Townsend's strike shortly after half-time briefly pulled Palace level with the Blues

Andros Townsend’s strike shortly after half-time briefly pulled Palace level with the Blues

 

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