Hodgson hails ‘faultless’ Palace star; explains key trait that beat Leeds

Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said he could not fault Eberechi Eze’s performance that helped his team beat Leeds on Saturday.

The summer signing assisted Scott Dann’s opener before netting his first Eagles goal to make it 2-0.

And while Patrick Bamford’s disallowed goal will likely dominate the headlines, Hodgson insisted his side were full value for their win, on which he said their “tactical discipline” was key.

“I can’t comment on how fascinating it was but it was a highly competitive game,” the manager said.

“We played well and it was good value for our victory. It was a good win against a team that has started so well and has a style of play which is different to what we’re used to seeing.

“In terms of our attacking play, we were excellent. The game plan every week… you try to make your players as well prepared as they possibly can be. So of course I’m very happy with that but the game plan depends on one thing – the players you put on the field. It’s their quality.

“You win games because the players on the field play so well. I thought his (Eze’s) whole performance was very good. You couldn’t fault him in any way.

“The goal for me was the icing on the cake.”We aren’t the highest scoring team in the league. We never have been and perhaps never will be but it’s important to score more than the opposition.”

Eze reflects on training ground masterpiece

Andros Townsend, Eberechi Eze

Meanwhile, Eze’s goal was a fantastic curled free kick that proved too much for Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Indeed, the attacker revealed that he spent time mastering the set-piece on the training ground.

“We performed well today, showed what we are about on and off the ball. “We worked hard for each other,” he said.

“It felt good, it was a free-kick I have been practising. It is something I enjoy doing. It came off today. Every young kid is aiming and striving to be the best they can be, I am honoured and grateful to be here.

“We look at each game as it comes and not look too far ahead. I hope so (for more goals). That would be nice.”

Palace return from the international break with a Premier League tie away at Burnley.

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