Roy Hodgson reacts to miracle victory over Manchester City

Date published: Saturday 22nd December 2018 5:42

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson stressed his team’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad was no accident. 

Ilkay Gundogan put City ahead after just 27 minutes, and from there it looked smooth sailing for the Citizens.

Palace had other ideas, however, as Jeffrey Schlupp equalised after only five minutes.

Andros Townsend soon put Palace ahead with a volley befitting a goal-of-the season shout, before Luka Milivojević made it 3-1 from the spot.

City would give themselves some hope through Kevin De Bruyne’s 85th minute strike, but Palace would hold on for one of the biggest wins in their history.

Speaking to Match of the Day, Hodgson said: “You don’t produce that sort of performance by waving a magic wand or having a five-minute team talk, there’s a lot of work that goes into that structure and we were excellent.

“We are playing against a team with enormous skill levels and their focus, their ability to sustain attacks, is an example to us all.

“I was really pleased with the way the lads worked hard for us. All the credit needs to go to the players. We scored three good goals.

“Andros Townsend’s goal was magnificent, a wonderful strike on goal. He had a good performance, he is very happy with himself and as it came to him I thought ‘that’s not a bad body shape.’

“I wouldn’t say I thought he was going to score but he gave himself a chance. It will be a contender for goal of the week, if not goal of the year.

“It was Bill Shankly who said it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If the league was the Tour de France we have won a stage today, but we have a long way to go.”

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