English Premiership

Hodgson: Tough to be 'a loser again'

Roy Hodgson (Getty Images)
Roy Hodgson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said it was hard to be “a loser again" following his side’s late defeat to Everton on Sunday.

Two goals in the last three minutes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun gave Marco Silva's Toffees the win, after Jordan Pickford had earlier saved Luka Milivojevic's penalty.

The loss leaves Palace two points above the Premier League relegation places with a tough run of fixtures against face Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United to come.

Hodgson was left disappointed over Palace’s failure to take their chances.

"The first goal was a massive blow after defending so well," he told TV cameras afterwards.

"Also, the chance to put ourselves in a commanding position and not take it from the penalty. It's hard to stand here as a loser again - I could have been standing here as a winner or someone who has coached their team to a positive point, but they scored the goals and we didn't.

"The fact is you have to take your chances and we came across a goalkeeper in form who made two outstanding saves in the first half which meant we came in at half-time 0-0, and we had the penalty which would have made a difference. It definitely lifted the crowd and they really got behind the team and gave them fresh impetus going forward.”

Milivojevic saw his spot kick saved by Pickford’s legs as he missed his first penalty in 10 for Palace, although Hodgson added that he didn’t think the miss would affect the Serb.

"Luka has only missed two penalties out of around nine or 10 so I'm sure he'll score the next one, and I'm sure we'll get penalties and opportunities because we do send people forward into the opposing team's box."