Hodgson Left To Rue Luck As Palace Go Out

Hodgson Left To Rue Luck As Palace Go Out

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says Middlesbrough’s goal in their 1-0 Carabao Cup win should not have been allowed to stand. Championship outfit Boro claimed a 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium and a quarter-final clash with League One Burton, on a night of few chances and little excitement.

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The 2004 winners went through courtesy of Lewis Wing’s pile driver in first-half stoppage time – the midfielder’s first senior goal for the club – on a night when Palace finished strongly, but apart from Andros Townsend’s late curling effort which was beaten away by keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, created little of note.

Hodgson, whose players were left appealing in vain for handball during the build-up to the goal, said: “The fact is it was a tight game – we always knew it was going to be a tight game.

“We didn’t think it was going to be a game with a lot of goals in it and unfortunately we conceded one in the first half, albeit that most people who were close to the incident would agree that that was rather unfortunate. “There referee was unsighted and couldn’t give the decision which he otherwise would have given.”