Crystal Palace fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last night and whilst the Eagles defended stoically for the most part, boss Roy Hodgson’s post-match comments left many feeling somewhat annoyed.
After a solid defensive display in the opening 45 minutes, the gaffer sent his players out to do a repeat job in the second period, changing little to nothing tactically until the game was out of our reach. With that in mind, his suggestion that “we didn’t make it easy for Spurs” hasn’t gone down too well online, with the replies attached to the below tweet showing pretty unanimously that he’s misjudged the mood of the fan-base.
Hodgson: 'We didn't make life easy for them.'
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) April 3, 2019
Outworked on shots, (26-5) shots on target, (10-1) possession, (65%-35%) passing accuracy, (86%-76%) aerial success, (65%-35%) corners (8-2) and dribbles (16-8) it’s quite clear that we were the second best side on the night, operating in a tactical system that offered little to no respite for the defensively minded players within our XI.
Having clearly decided to play the ball long for the majority of the evening, Hodgson selected Michy Batshuayi to lead the line over Christian Benteke, despite the former having next to no aerial presence. The result was a disconnect between our defensive shield and the rest of their teammates which quite honestly did make it extremely easy for Tottenham on what could well have become a nervy and ultimately disappointing first display in their newly opened home.
Hodgson’s pragmatism will almost certainly always be enough to keep us afloat in the Premier League but he does himself no favours with comments like the one he’s made in the tweet attached above. Supporters aren’t stupid and with thousands having spent their hard earned cash to watch on from the away end last night, the least he could do is think logically about the words that leave his mouth when speaking post-match.