Date published: Thursday 16th July 2020 11:17
Palace fell to their sixth straight defeat against Man Utd, but could have felt aggrieved at not being awarded a penalty for a challenge on Wilfried Zaha.
They also had a Jordan Ayew goal ruled out by VAR for a narrow offside. But Hodgson was in no mood to complain.
“What’s the point in getting into it?” he told Match of the Day. “If I said it was, they say it wasn’t, it becomes like a Christmas pantomime.
“I thought it was a good goal. That’s what VAR gives us at the moment. If that had been scored against us I wouldn’t be expecting it to ruled out but that’s what we have to take now.”
There was a disheartening moment after United’s second goal, when Patrick Van Aanholt had to be taken off on a stretcher.
Hodgson rued Palace’s bad luck with injuries in defence, admitting he wasn’t expecting the left-back to return before the end of the season.
“We’ve had bad luck with defenders, it’s testing our reserves in that respect. Patrick has hardly missed a game and I don’t know how long it takes to mend a dislocated shoulder but I can only hope he comes back again next season.”
Overall, the former England manager was pleased with Palace’s performance, saying the defeat was “hard to take”.
He added: “We’ve done so well, I thought we put in just as much effort as they did and we still came away with nothing and on the end of another defeat, which is hard to take.”
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