Hodgson tells Palace to shape up after Newcastle deliver ‘bitter blow’

Hodgson, who was without star man Wilfried Zaha following a positive coronavirus test, said it was not a display to be proud of and that the south Londoners must get back on track before facing West Brom next week.

“All defeats hurt and this one did as we didn’t play well,” said Hodgson. “I didn’t think we were going to lose.

“I didn’t think we would win it either. So to lose it is a bitter blow. Congratulations to Newcastle on winning it.

“This is not a performance we can be particularly proud of. We have to accept that if we want to get points on the board then we need to do better.

“I was confident we would play well tonight. I thought we played better at Burnley than we did tonight.

“We will have to come over this, deal with it, analyse it and play the kind of football we are capable of playing when we face West Brom next Sunday.”

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