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Roy Hodgson Hails Crystal Palace Players’ Fighting Spirit After Narrow Defeat to On-Form Arsenal

​Roy Hodgson was left to rue Arsenal’s second objective as Crystal Palace went down Three-2 at dwelling to the Gunners to stay only a level away from the relegation zone.

Andros Townsend’s strike 5 minutes into the second half cancelled out Shkodran Mustafi’s opener, however Alexis Sanchez’ quickfire double meant that James Tomkins’ late objective was nothing greater than a comfort for the Eagles.

Talking after the match, Hodgson instructed ​Sky Sports activities: “The second objective was troublesome having labored so onerous within the first half to attempt to include them.

“To get to 1-1 after which go down 2-1 you knew it was going to be an uphill job, however I’ve to provide the gamers quite a lot of credit score as a result of we conceded a 3rd and lots of groups would have capitulated and we actually did not do this.”

Regardless of the top outcome, Hodgson was capable of take encouragement from his facet’s second half efficiency, claiming: “The second half was a fair recreation and perhaps we had barely the higher of the alternatives. We have to carry on preventing and doing the suitable issues and it is good for me to know that even when the crew is Three-1 down in opposition to a facet of Arsenal’s high quality there isn’t any query of resignation or not persevering with to do the suitable issues and work very onerous.”

Issues get no simpler for Hodgson and his males subsequent outing, as they host Pep Guardiola’s runaway league leaders Manchester Metropolis on New 12 months’s Eve.

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