Roy Hodgson mentioned he wouldn’t apologise for the way of Crystal Palace’s efficiency after Christian Benteke’s injury-time winner snatched a 2-1 victory at bitter rivals Brighton.
Palace’s two goals came from their only two shots on target – and touches within the Brighton field – in the entire recreation because the guests spent a lot of the match defending.
Final week, the Palace boss was criticised for “spineless, defensive tactics” by one of many membership’s supporters’ teams following back-to-back residence defeats.
“The sport’s not about touches within the opposition field, is it? The sport’s about scoring objectives and never letting any in,” Hodgson mentioned.
“I believed we labored unbelievably laborious to try to make sure we did not let any objectives in.
“I believed we labored so very laborious to cease them getting many possibilities and tonight we have been lucky that the couple of possibilities we did create – they usually have been each excellent objectives – we took.
“The statistic that counts on the finish of the day is objectives in opposition to and objectives for.
“Okay, they’d the higher of possession, that is for positive, they’d the ball in our field extra typically, they’d extra high quality however I am not going to apologise for coming away with what we think about to be an excellent victory.”
Hodgson, who’s out of contract in the summertime, urged supporters to be “cautious” what they wished for within the build-up to the sport following the current unrest.
Mateta’s first purpose for the membership – a deft back-heel on the flip – and Benteke’s thunderous strike moved Palace 10 factors away from the underside three.
The victory was additionally a primary this season within the absence of injured talisman Wilfried Zaha.
“I do not really feel the have to be vindicated,” Hodgson mentioned. “I do not like to make use of that phrase as a result of the usage of the phrase vindication would counsel that one thing has been going awfully flawed in what we have now been attempting to do for the entire of the season. I do not suppose vindication is the precise phrase.
“We would have liked a greater efficiency, we would have liked to point out the dedication, the braveness, the need that we confirmed tonight in such an necessary recreation. We would have liked to do this as a result of our earlier two video games clearly weren’t ok.”