Matic ‘worldy’ makes Hodgson feel ‘total sadness’

Date published: Tuesday 6th March 2018 8:57

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admitted to feeling “total sadness” after Manchester United fought back to snatch a 3-2 win at Selhurst Park.

The former England boss’ dogged hosts out-fought their opponents for the opening hour, taking advantage of some sloppy play and poor passing.

Goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aarnholt put the Eagles into a 2-0 lead before Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic saw United unexpectedly fight back to win 3-2.

But for Hodgson, it was late frustration for the second successive game with Matic’s 25-yard strike coming after an 88th-minute winner from Tottenham’s Harry Kane last weekend.

Relegation-threatened Palace remain third bottom – a point from safety – having failed to win for the sixth successive game.

Asked what he felt following the last-gasp loss, Hodgson replied: “Sadness. Total sadness.

“I saw a group of players give their all for the club, for their team-mates, against, on paper, against all the odds.

“To come away with nothing, as we did against Tottenham Hotspur, for the second time in a row… I feel very sad for them.

“I’m proud of the performance. I can’t criticise any player or person for the effort they put in, their discipline tactically. It’s just one of those things.

“Matic scores a worldy from 30 metres. If that had gone out or gone wide, we’d be sitting here looking at another good performance and another good point.

“As a result, everything gets changed as a result.”


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