Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson rued his facet’s unhealthy luck throughout their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea – however didn’t blame the Blues for scoring after Gary Cahill pulled up injured.
The Eagles defender, previously of Chelsea, suffered horrible timing when his hamstring went throughout a foot race with Blues winger Willian within the opening 5 minutes.
Willian subsequently picked out Olivier Giroud for a easy opening aim, and a few Palace gamers appeared offended that the guests determined to play on quite than put the ball out of play.
Most pundits had been agreed that Willian was proper to proceed and Palace boss Hodgson, too, had no complaints.
He advised talkSPORT: “It wasn’t a head harm so the principles of the sport would say no, it ought to proceed.
“Are you able to anticipate a participant to abruptly cease and activate his heel? I don’t assume so.”
That was the one slice of unhealthy luck Palace acquired throughout a recreation Chelsea had been very lucky to win.
Regardless of going two-goals forward twice, via Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham, Palace hit again instantly on each events, because of Wilfried Zaha’s stunner and Christian Benteke.
And the Blues had been pressured to cling on when Kepa Arrizabalaga tipped Scott Dann’s effort onto the put up within the dying moments and Kurt Zouma produced an astonishing last-ditch sort out on Benteke.
When requested if his facet ought to’ve taken some extent from the sport, Hodgson stated: “I really feel slightly bit unlucky to not take all three factors!
“The primary aim was such an unlucky circumstance. You don’t actually anticipate, after 5 minutes and such an excellent begin to the sport, to seek out your self a aim down together with your centre-back virtually shot within the leg to provide them a free run on aim.
“However I believed we got here again from that extraordinarily properly and all through the 90 minutes, we had been greater than good worth for the 2 targets we scored.
“It turns into 3-2 due to the aim at the beginning, then we hit the put up and Benteke can’t beat the keeper one-on-one.”