Palace returned to Selhurst Park for the first official game in 114 days, with both sides seeking 3 points that would be a mighty boost to their Europa League aspirations for the upcoming season.
Returns for key players:
Hodgson’s side welcomed back goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and talisman Wilfred Zaha, with both not being in the side subjected to a thrashing by champions Liverpool last week due to injury.
However, a strengthened Palace played out a very weak game in the first half, with Burnley absolutely dominating play and certainly unlucky to not go into the break without scoring.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Hodgson said: “I thought they played very well in the first half… and had we gone into half time a goal to nil down I don't think we could of had too many complaints”
The Palace manager also acknowledged that his side made a drastic improvement in the second half of the game, saying: “I think we were a little bit unlucky in the second half, we controlled the game much better, we passed the ball better and we asked a lot more questions”
No player to blame:
Burnley took the lead in the 63rd minute, with captain Ben Mee - who was making his 300th appearance for the club - producing a magnificent diving header that Guaita disappointingly couldn’t keep out.
Speaking about the goal, Hodgson said “he wasn’t expecting them to score from on that occasion”.
He continued: “We could have defended it better of course, and under normal circumstances we got a first class goalkeeper, and he normally manages to palm those away, and on this occasion he didn't.”
“Certainly one wouldn't want to put down the defeat to one goalkeeper.”