Crystal Palace boss unhappy his stars made life easy for Chelsea on Saturday

April 11th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson couldn’t contain his frustration after his side’s poor start gifted Chelsea an easy ride at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace succumbed to a 4-1 defeat at Selhurst Park after failing to endure an early Chelsea blitz. The Blues went two up early on with Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic causing havoc in the Eagles’ backline.

Wilfried Zaha ran himself ragged from first minute to last, but barring a Christian Benteke header, Hodgson’s side offered very little.

Speaking to the BBC after the match, Hodgson said: “We know they are a good side, everybody knows that, but we can’t afford to play the way we did in the first half.

“Both of the first goals came about through balls lost near our own goal. Suddenly they find themselves 2-0 up after 10-11 minutes. We needed to defend well and make good decisions.

“But we came in at half-time 3-0 down. How many teams can come back from 3-0 down against this Chelsea team?

“To give some credit the players did better in the second half and showed some fight in them but the bottom line is we played against a Chelsea team that we believed we could stretch and we’re on the back end of a 4-1 defeat and needed to do some last-ditch defending to keep it down to four.

“That was the theme of our message to the team that it wasn’t good enough and it wasn’t what we tried to do [in the first half]. We pulled one back and could have even gone away with a smaller margin defeat but we didn’t.

“It’s sad that this was an opportunity for us to take a point at least from the game but all we can do is congratulate Chelsea for their good performance and well deserved victory.”

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