Crystal Palace only have themselves to blame for Bournemouth loss, says Roy Hodgson
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 01/10/18 11:04pm
Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace only have themselves to blame for their failure to take anything from their Premier League trip to Bournemouth.
The London club fell behind early to David Brooks' opener but recovered quickly and scored a deserved - albeit offside - equaliser early in the second half through Patrick van Aanholt.
Palace looked like they would keep their unbeaten away record going but Mamadou Sakho gave away a late penalty for fouling Jefferson Lerma at a free-kick conceded by Alexander Sorloth.
Junior Stanislas scored the resulting kick to move Bournemouth up to seventh, leaving Hodgson frustrated at the manner of his team's defeat.
He told Monday Night Football: "We did enough in the second half to get back into the game and get at least one point.
"I thought we played well in the second half and it's disappointing to end up on the losing side for a penalty we gave away right at the end. That's disappointing, of course.
"Both the free-kick and the penalty were errors on our part and we paid a high price for it. We shouldn't have given a free-kick away and I've told Alex that.
"It was an unnecessary push in the back so I'm disappointed about that and the penalty… I don't know that Mama deliberately tried to catch him with his elbow.
"I'm pretty sure when they look at the replay, people will see Mama catch (Lerma) with his arm and as a result the referee gives a penalty."
While Palace lost for the third time this season, they were the better team for large spells and enjoyed more than 55 per cent of possession at the Vitality Stadium.
That did at least encourage Hodgson, who added: "I don't think the team actually needs to feel ashamed of their performance in any way.
"I thought even in the first half, after such a good start from Bournemouth and a wonderful opening goal, we got ourselves back in the game very well.
"We were looking dangerous and I thought we did even better at the start of the second half. We needed to be a little bit more bold and we did that.
"We deserved our equaliser and I think in normal circumstances, we wouldn't have given away that second goal and would be congratulating ourselves on a good point.
"But now we're feeling sorry for ourselves and it's goals that count. They got two and we only got one but I can't say I'm particularly angry or disappointed about the actual team performance.
"I thought there were some very good things from the game and on another day, we'd have got something from it."