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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated after West Ham defeat

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after their 3-2 defeat at West Ham.

Hodgson saw the Eagles take the lead within six minutes of kick-off thanks to a James McArthur goal, but his side fell behind when the Hammers netted three times in 17 minutes to secure a victory despite Palace's valiant attempts to pull the match back.

The manager remarked afterwards, "We did concede three goals. Each goal you concede is a story by itself and certainly one of the goals could be contested for the free-kick.

"[On Luka Milivojevic's free-kick hitting the bar] It's a big 'if'. We played straight enough, we played our best football and had the best control of the game at 2-1 but it didn't stop the third goal of course. It was obviously a very fine strike. He's done that before, we know it's in his locker but he proved once again that it's something he can repeat so that was tough for us to accept."

He added: "In the second half, we played better if truth be known but unfortunately we conceded three goals. As a result, we're chasing 3-1 away from home against a team of West Ham's quality. It's not going to be easy. We did pull one back but we only gave ourselves 10 minutes to get a third one and we weren't capable of doing that."

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