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Passive Palace irk Hodgson

28th February 2019, 08:08 by Tom McGarry

Roy Hodgson felt his Crystal Palace side were too passive as they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

The Eagles went into the match on a six-game unbeaten run that has seen them ease clear of the relegation zone, but they struggled to get going during the first half and trailed 1-0 at the break thanks to a strike from Romelu Lukaku.

The same player then doubled United's lead after the restart and, although Joel Ward reduced the arrears for Palace it only proved to be a brief respite as Ashley Young rounded off the scoring for the visitors late on.

Hodgson admitted after the match that United were fully deserving of their win and he was left frustrated by the nature of his side's performance, particularly during the first half.

"We were beaten by a very good team, a superior team," Hodgson told Sky Sports. "In the first half we are a little too passive for my liking - 1-0 was a fair reflection of what happened but, to be fair, neither team had created an awful lot.

"We started brightly in the second half but conceded a second goal which made life difficult.

"The players responded to that, many a team could have folded. We showed a lot of fight and spirit got back into the game at 2-1 and asked plenty of questions of Manchester United.

"But, as is the case in these games, if you don't get the equaliser you risk getting caught on the counter attack. When the third goal goes in that's the end of it."

Palace will be looking to bounce back from the loss when they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Saturday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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