Roy Hodgson was, quite obviously, very happy that his side managed to come from behind against Watford and gained a very valuable win in their ongoing relegation battle – but he refused to get carried away.
It was a crazy match – Janmat scored the first goal of the evening to give a lead to Watford and it all looked like another loss for the home side. But Bakary Sako managed to equalize in the 89th minute and James McArthur scored the winner in the dying minutes of this entertaining fixture to see Crystal Palace moving from the bottom of the Premier League table.
The experienced English coach spoke about the last match as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It wasn’t one of our better performances in terms of the quality of our play, but there have been so many games where it’s been good and not brought us the three points, so like most football managers I’d rather have the three points irrespective of the performance.”
He also admitted that he is really happy to see this kind of winning mentality: “I commend the players for the determination and resilience to keep going and whether some unfortunate moments during the game. While the result lifted Palace off the bottom and out of the relegation zone, the Palace boss is not getting carried away with their chances of survival. There’s a long way to go.”
In the end, Roy Hodgson admitted that the relegation battle is still going on: “For a good period of time we’re going to be in and around that relegation zone – one week we’ll be in it and the other we’ll be out of it. I’ll keep pushing my message that each game is an opportunity or a banana skin, and we need to continue to show the fight.”