Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace, has said that on a different day, his team could have won all three points against Everton, reports the football.london.
Despite playing with ten men, Everton held on to end Hodgson’s 100% win record since returning to the club during the last international break. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, but Palace had chances to win, including a disallowed goal by Eberechi Eze in the second half and a late save by Everton’s goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, to deny the in-form playmaker.
After the match ended in a goalless draw, Hodgson spoke to the club’s website and said, “It was a tough game as we expected. We were up against a well-drilled Everton team who had a clear plan for the match.” The point gained from the draw keeps Palace nine points ahead of the relegation zone.
“If you’re going to have a good Premier League season, you’ve got to have all sorts of types of games. This was a very different type to our last three, but it gave me satisfaction to come away with a clean sheet, not losing, because on another occasion I can see moments where we could have lost games like this in the past.
“You don’t always get to play the sort of games we’ve been able to on the last three occasions, where there have been lots of opportunities on the counter, and to get our foot on the ball and pass it around.
“There are days, unfortunately, where the opposition don’t give you the opportunity to do that, so then you’ve got to make certain you see out the danger from the opponents and do the best you can creating opportunities. We did well seeing out the danger from a very dangerous Everton team.
“On another day, it could have gone a slightly better way for us – but I’m still satisfied that it’s four games now without defeat, that it’s ten points from those four games, and we’ve still got six games to get ourselves up into an even better position between now and the end of the season.”