No positives for Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson after defeat to Brighton

Roy Hodgson. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Roy Hodgson. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said there was nothing positive to say after his side's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion this evening.

Albion went ahead with a disputed Glenn Murray penalty on 24 minutes, before Brighton had defender Shane Duffy red-carded for violent conduct four minutes later.

Within seconds, Leon Balogun made it 2-0 before Florin Andone got the Seagulls' third on the stroke of half-time.

Palace got a late goal back through Luka Milivojevic's penalty but Brighton held on to win.

Hodgson said: "The second and third goals are disappointing and frustrating. They are the two buzz words at the moment and I've had the words disappointing and frustrating thrown at me in every interview I've had so far.

"It seems to be fairly obvious when you come here hoping to win the game and you lose 3-1, there are no good feelings.

"There is nothing particularly positive I can say and there is nothing positive I feel at the moment. Could things have been different? In every football match, you can point to episodes of where things could have been different.

"The second goal really is something we will have to take total responsibility for, the third one even more. It wasn't even an attack, it was a clearance.

"And suddenly at half-time you are 3-0 down against a team, albeit with ten men, who you know believe they have won the game so long as they defend sensibly in the second half.

"We expected them to defend sensibly in the second half and they did. We dominated possession and we tried our best.

"We had plenty of moves and plenty of possession but it only led to the one goal and as a result we lose the game.

"There's nothing positive I can say about that."

On Brighton's penalty, Hodgson said: "In every game, there are going to be injustices from penalties to throw-ins. It's fact of life and something we have to deal with.

"We go home tonight knowing it was not the performance we wanted to give and certainly wasn't the result we wanted.

"We've lost on the night and congratulate Brighton on their victory. We'll put this game behind us so it doesn't have any lingering effects in the games to come."


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