Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson refused to be too downbeat despite watching his side lose 3-1 at Chelsea on Sunday. Palace are now without a win in six league games, despite Andros Townsend’s first goal in 20 league games, as they were comfortably beaten in the end by the Blues at Stamfrord Bridge.
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Hodgson said: “I’m always disappointed when we lose, and it’s happened quite a few times. But I can’t be critical of the team’s performance. “At 1-1, we had hope. But the free-kick saw them take the lead again and coming back was always going to be difficult.”
After drawing with Arsenal and losing to Chelsea, Palace play Tottenham and Manchester United in their next two games and Hodgson knows they are on a tough run but says the league position is not a cause for concern yet, with the Eagles 14th, three points clear of the bottom three.
Hodgson added: “It doesn’t really matter where you are at Christmas. Last season we were very rarely outside of the relegation zone and we ended up 11th.
“We missed chances. We’ve been a little bit unlucky, we don’t have as many points as we should have. But let’s see where we are after 38 games. “It’s important to keep going irrespective of what happens in the next few games.”