Date: 5th February 2018 at 10:15am
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said despite a poorer first half against Newcastle United at the weekend, he felt the second half showing was worthy of all three points.

Hosting Rafa Benitez’s side at Selhurst Park, Palace fell behind to a Mohamed Diame goal in the 22nd minute of the game, but a talking point of a penalty ten minutes after the half time restart did give Luka Milivojevic the opportunity to level the scores and he didn’t waste the opportunity.

With greater opportunities in total across the game though, Hodgson told Crystal Palace FC that given the second half improvement in the match he felt we should’ve taken the win and made better use of the opportunities we fashioned.

‘I`m a little frustrated. At half-time I wasn`t too happy with the way we played in the first half, even though we created two or three good chances I didn`t think we played anything like I`d like to see the team play. As a result you might have thought we would have been happy with a point but the way we played in the second half and the dominance we had in the end, I`m disappointed we didn`t get more than one goal for those efforts. We were asking lots of questions of Newcastle in the second half but that ball wouldn`t just go over the line for us during those goalmouth scrambles.’

Hodgson went on to say that maybe some ‘nervousness’ or players being ‘concerned about how important the result is’ might have crept in during the first half but for him the players should definitely take confidence from how they performed in the second period and improved.

‘We exerted a lot of pressure on Newcastle and had the ball in and around their box, and even though we had 21 strikes at goal a lot of those were from distance which doesn`t interest me, but there was a lot of entries into the penalty area which does. If we can keep doing that then with the type of players we have, then we will score goals.’

Hodgson did go on to say that when you’re having a poorer season and battling away every point is a point gained but in this case it felt like we had ‘gain(ed) two less than we would like’.

With the penalty decision splitting the thoughts of pundits, Hodgson said simply.

‘On the touchline we don`t see those things – the ball comes in and there are a lot of bodies in there so you`d be a brave man to say that you detect all of those things. I`ve seen it on the TV and the rules of the game are clear, but you don`t often get penalties for people pulling shirts, but it doesn`t mean to say that it`s not a penalty because the rule are very clear. I can`t say I have a strong opinion of it, but I`m glad about it. Had we lost the game 1-0 because the referee decided to ignore that penalty claim, then we would be feeling very hard done by.’

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