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We dreamed of a different game: Hodgson

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Lucas Digne of Everton is challenged by James McArthur of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton FC at Selhurst Park on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace and Everton tied 0-0 in tonight’s English Premier League game and Roy Hodgson was thinking of a different result.

After Crystal Palace and Everton shared points tonight in their 0-0 draw in the English Premier League, manager Roy Hodgson was not happy at all.

“We dreamed of a different game, we dreamed of a game where we’d have a lot of possession and pass the ball around them and show some of the quality that we believe we have in the team but we weren’t able to do that,” he told the club’s official website.

“Now you might say that that’s because you were playing against a very good team and they actually did pass the ball and play very well.”

“I think there are games where they don’t go the way you’d dreamed of them going and you have to play the game that’s out there to play,” he explained.

“The game that was out there today for us was where we dug in, we accepted it wasn’t going to be one of our better days on the ball, they were going to have a situation where they were in our final third on a good number of occasions and we had to make certain our defending was as solid and as brave as it was.”

He added: “Then of course we had to rely on the fact that if they do actually get through to clear shooting opportunities – and there was one very clear one – hope your goalkeeper can get you out of trouble and that’s very much what Vicente did because, had they scored that goal and won it 1-0, I couldn’t really come in here and cry scandal.”

“I’d have to say, ‘well they worked hard for that goal and in the end they got it’.”

“What I will say is this: when we played up at Everton earlier on, we were playing well and missed a penalty to go 1-0 up. We were still looking very good for a 0-0 and playing well and I think they scored in the 87th minute for us to lose 2-0.”