Roy Hodgson: Crystal Palace struggled against Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City takes on Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City takes on Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Manchester City defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 in the English Premier League. After the match coach Roy Hodgson said his team did their best but it was not enough.

Raheem Sterling scored twice, and Gabriel Jesus did it once to take Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace tonight in the English Premier League.

Luka Milivojevic was the only scorer bagged the only goal for the home side.

And after the match, Palace boss Roy Hodgson said how his team gave its best, but it wasn’t enough to upset the Citizens.

“We gave it our best shot,” Palace manager Hodgson told Sky Sports.

“I can’t complain about the way the team tried hard to give Man City a good game and dent their progress, but we weren’t good enough to do that.”

“I thought we got better as the game went on. In the second half we gave it a good shot, and with 10 minutes to go I was rather hoping a chance or two might fall our way,” he added.

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“We were trying very hard to make any chances count, and any time we had the ball in their half, you are stretching for that equalizer, and you get caught on the counter-attack and you lose by the extra goal.

He continued: “It has happened to us so many times this year. Almost all of our two-goal defeats have come that way, with us looking to get a late equalizer and the other team has broken and put the game to bed.

“I thought we did the best job we could, we didn’t concede that many chances in the first half. The shape of the team was quite good and we were making them play the ball into areas that were safer for us. Had we gone hell for leather to pressure them, they would have been getting behind us all the time.

“They didn’t do that on so many occasions, but we are playing a top team and you have to be in an outstanding form individually to give them the game we would have liked to have given them,” he concluded.