CRYSTAL PALACE BOSS CLAIMS HIS TEAM WERE NOT REWARDED FOR THEIR EFFORTS AGAINST CHELSEA

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes his team were not rewarded for their efforts in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata scored twice and Pedro scored Chelsea’s third to seal a win that extends Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season to 11 games.

“At the start of the second half we played well and got back into the game,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.

“At that moment I thought we were looking good and looked more than capable of holding onto that, but the second goal puts you on the back foot again and that was quickly followed by the third goal.

“At 3-1 you are always going to find it very difficult. Chelsea are bringing on players of incredible quality and are 3-1 up.

“I was proud of the way the players kept at it and kept fighting towards the end.

“I don’t think we were under the cosh by any stretch of the imagination. We were not confronted with lots of chances and opportunities, I thought we kept them at bay pretty well.

“We had chances to get to 3-2 so I can’t complain bitterly about anything there, just a bit disappointed that the rewards for our efforts weren’t better.”

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