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Roy Hodgson Insists He’s ‘Happy’ With a Draw Despite Conceding Late Equaliser

​​Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson had insisted he’s happy with a draw after his aspect had been pegged again by Swansea late on on the Liberty Stadium.

Regardless of ​Swansea having 63% of the possession, Palace appeared the extra threatening in entrance of aim all through the sport, and restricted Swansea to no photographs on track within the first half. Luka Milivojevic’s penalty on the hour mark gave Palace a nicely deserved lead and it appeared as if there was no method again for the house aspect.


Nevertheless, an impressed substitution within the type of Jordan Ayew sprung the Swans to life, and simply 10 minutes after approaching, he lashed residence a shocking strike from 20 yards out to safe the draw for the Swans.

The draw no extends Palace’s unbeaten run to eight video games, and chatting with ​Sky Sports activities after the sport, Hodgson mentioned he’s happy the place his crew are actually after a disastrous begin to the season.

He mentioned: “It could be churlish to say I am something aside from happy. To haven’t any factors after seven video games and to have 18 now and be out of the relegation zone, I believe you must be happy with that.

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“The lads are working so arduous. We’d have appreciated extra factors, however we’re chipping away. We appeared fairly harmful on the counter-attack and our defending was stable all through towards a crew that passes the ball very nicely.

“We restricted their probabilities to an absolute minimal and we had probabilities on the counter-attack and it was no shock once we went in entrance with the penalty, however sadly for us they scored a really, superb aim.”

Christian Benteke was unavailable for choice at the moment resulting from suspension, and Hodgson admitted his aspect could have lacked composure within the ultimate third. He added: “Maybe we lacked that scientific contact.

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“Benteke and Wilf have been forging a superb partnership. Benteke offers us a focal determine in our attacking play, who we are able to play as much as and who can win headers.

“It is a completely different fashion of play when Wilf and Andros play up there collectively – we clearly missed that at the moment, however all issues thought-about, a degree away from residence. It is one other step in our brick constructing train.”

Lastly when requested about their early possibilities of survival, Hodgson mentioned: “We now have to construct our home brick by brick. There is a lengthy strategy to go but when we are able to hold choosing up factors away from residence we will likely be okay.”

Palace subsequent face a troublesome check after they host ​Arsenal on Thursday, as they give the impression of being to increase their unbeaten run to 9 video games and pull additional away from the relegation locations.


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