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29 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson felt the importance of last night’s fixture played a part in the underwhelming nature of the game, as neither side committed enough going forward to win at the Amex.

It was a match of few chances on the south coast, and Hodgson commented on the pressure placed on both teams, as they shared a goalless draw in the Premier League.

He said, “The expectation from both sets of fans was high and the players were under pressure.

“The chances of throwing caution to the wind diminish because everyone is frightened to cost their team a valuable point by making a silly mistake.

“It was probably a fair result - against a team that play as Brighton do and are particularly strong from set-plays and corner-kicks.

“We defended well, we got into positions but we didn’t capitalise. Both teams were very determined but the game was played in a fair way, it was competitive but it never got out of hand.”

Hodgson also praised Albion boss Chris Hughton for the work he’s done in taking the Seagulls to the Premier League, and stressed the importance of making sure the Eagles didn’t lose.

“Brighton did ever so well last year, they have a settled team who have been together for a good couple of years under Chris Hughton. He has moulded the team and he is very good at doing that.

“I expected them to come up and be a very solid team that is hard to beat, but also have a goal threat, especially as they are so strong from set-plays.

“For us coming here, we knew we had to make certain that we didn’t go away empty-handed.”

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