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Hodgson salutes Eagles win

31st March 2019, 08:05 by Michael Holland

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson praised the second-half response of his players as they defeated Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt earned Palace the win that relegated the visitors, and edged Palace closer to safety after successive defeats.

At 0-0 at half-time Palace were booed off, to which manager Roy Hodgson said: "First half we couldn't recognise the team because of the errors we made. We played against a team who passed the ball well.

"At half-time things were bleak but we should give the players credit for the way they came out in the second half. We made some slight adjustments, and we were much more like ourselves in the second half but I was worrying.

"Moving Zaha further (forward) and bringing (second-half substitute James) McArthur into the team helped our play.

"I don't believe (our season will sizzle out). From what you've seen from that team, a poor first half to then get yourself together to produce that second half tells me I don't have to worry too much about complacency.

"I don't think too many of our players can play the next seven games without getting something like a point a game. They won't need a lot of persuading."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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