Hodgson Praises Player After Loss

Former England coach and Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has stated that he was happy with the performance of his players during their 3-1 loss to Premier League title contenders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

It was a London derby when both sides met in a Premier League Matchweek 11 meeting and thereafter Chelsea emerged winners as expected.

The former England manager paid tribute to his players for pushing the Blues all the way.

The coach waxed lyrical about the performance of his players in his post-match press conference after his team succumb to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the home side.

Chelsea picked up the three points at stake after two goals in the space of five second half minutes.

The blues had earlier taken the lead through their Spanish striker, Alvaro Morata.

The strike came in the 32nd minute and it was his fourth league goal of the new Premier League campaign.

Hodgson and his Palace team stunned the Blues with a 53rd minute equaliser but two goals from Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez within five second half minutes ensured that the Blues recorded a second straight league win via a 3-1 victory over their opponents.

Chelsea leapfrog title rivals Liverpool into second place on goal difference as a result of the win.

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