March 4, 2024

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Hodgson Reflects on Disappointing Newcastle Defeat and Pays Tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson expressed his disappointment with his team’s performance in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. In an interview with BBC Sport, Hodgson acknowledged that the display fell below the standards they had set in the season so far.

Hodgson stated, “The Newcastle performance was as good as we half-expected it would be because they’re a very, very good team. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help me in any way because I don’t think we came anywhere near the football we’re capable of playing, both defensively and offensively.”

He expressed his frustration at the comprehensive nature of the loss and highlighted the impact of conceding two goals just before and after halftime. Hodgson admitted that mistakes were made, characterizing them as uncharacteristic for his defenders and midfielders.

Acknowledging the team’s first under-par performance in the first eight league games, Hodgson emphasized the need to analyze the reasons behind it. He acknowledged the impact of football results on players’ confidence, stressing the importance of honest self-assessment and learning from the experience to avoid a similar situation in the future.

In addition to discussing the match, Hodgson expressed his sadness over the passing of English football legend Sir Bobby Charlton. Describing Charlton as a true legend of the game and English football, Hodgson extended his condolences to Charlton’s family, particularly his wife Norma and their children. He recognized Charlton’s significance as a member of the iconic 1966 team and expressed deep sorrow at losing another great player from that era.

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