Hodgson picks out unsung pair and how history changed his approach to penalties

September 20, 2020 10:46 pm

Roy Hodgson expressed his satisfaction at Crystal Palace’s win over Manchester United, calling parts of his team “pretty faultless”.

He spoke at some length with Premier League Productions to give his views on the clash, and focused in particular on the team’s unsung heroes.

He said: “I thought the shape of our team today was fantastic and there were some really incredible individual performances. For Mamadou Sakho to play the game he played after so little football for the last three months, I think, was incredible.

“Jeffrey Schlupp, who’s been out injured for quite a long time, once again it was quite incredible what he could do. And the midfield and back four I thought were pretty faultless throughout the game. I’m delighted. It’s a great win, it’s nice to get six points on the board.”

Hodgson then went on to give his view on Palace’s energised frontline, being asked in particular about the Eagles’ rapid start.

“We always have that plan,” he said – “we don’t always carry it out! It wasn’t a particular plan – we always try to start fast, to make certain we’re on the front foot and we pressurise the opponents as best we can.