Crystal Palace boss slams his players and congratulates Chelsea for their win

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Chelsea started the game against Crystal Palace in stunning fashion as the Blues were already 2-0 up less than ten minutes into the game.

At the end of the first half, the score was already 3-0, forcing Palace to go into damage control mode in the second half.

The second half took a different turn, as Roy Hodgson changed things at half-time. It worked for the home team and they seemed better in the second period.

However, Palace boss Roy Hodgson was not happy with his team’s display. He congratulated Chelsea for their fine performance and slammed his own players for being below par.

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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