The five key quotes from Roy Hodgson's post-Wolves press conference
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during a pitch inspection prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace at Molineux on October 30, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace missed out on the chance to go joint-top of the Premier League on Friday night as Wolverhampton Wanderers ran out 2-0 winners at Molineux.

First-half goals from Rayan Ait-Nouri and Daniel Podence condemned the Eagles to their third defeat of the campaign.

Here are the five key quotes from Roy Hodgson following the defeat:

On the performance

Hodgson's side came into the meeting with Wolves on the back of a good win at Fulham last week and one more day recovery than their opponents.

However, the Wanderers outclassed the South London side to move up to third in the Premier League.

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Speaking to the media, he said: "Wolves started strongly, we didn't.

"Found ourselves two down, but rallied very well. End of the first half we were playing the best football, asking a lot of questions and working very hard.

"Unfortunately a couple of mistakes in our defence and none in theirs.


In the first half, Palace had a goal ruled out for offside before having a penalty chalked-off for offside.

It got worse for Hodgson's men when Luka Milivojevic was sent-off for a challenge on Joao Moutinho.

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Speaking about the video assistant referee, the former-England manager said: "VAR wasn't on our side, the one that bothers me is Milivojevic. I thought it was a solid tackle.

"Unfortunately passes are sometimes short. He stepped in to try and recover it.

"I think it's all part and parcel of the game.

On the red card

Despite being 2-0 down, Palace improved in the second-half. However, the red-card to their skipper killed any chance of a late comeback.

"It certainly wasn't the sort of foul that makes you jump up and think 'that's a terrible challenge, a red card'.

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"I was following the ball and was surprised when I looked up and saw Moutinho was on the ground.

Hodgson expressed his frustration on the time it took for the red card to be given. He said: "Well I'd rather it leads to the right decision. On this occasion, he does what he has to do, makes decisions he has to do.

"I've got to say the slow-motion stuff maybe encourages the referee to see something that may not be there."

On Zaha's penalty claim

During the game, Palace had a penalty denied, despite it seeming Wilfried Zaha was fouled.

His manager said: "I've seen a video, thought it would definitely be one for VAR.

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"But I think so, yeah. The player does catch Wilf's ankle.

"But the bottom line is when you go two down it's hard to get back in it."

On the penalty and goal being chalked-off

At 2-0 down, Martin Atkinson awarded Palace a penalty after Patrick van Aanholt was fouled by Willy Boly.

However, after a VAR check, the visitors had the chance to re-enter the game took away from them.

"I don't have strong opinions on communications around VAR.

"You're relying on very small margins, they have to take the time it takes."

Michy Batshuayi had another goal ruled out for offside after half-volleying the ball past Rui Patricio.

Hodgson had no complaints in regards to the decision.

Speaking to, he said: "If it's offside then it's offside," he said. "But is a very, very close call, so he is a little but unlucky- that's three goals that Michy Batshuayi has scored now and all three of them were very, very close calls."