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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: I'm disillusioned; I can blame a lot of things

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admits defeat to Liverpool has left him "disillusioned" by the game.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp conceded afterwards that Palace were unfortunate to lose.

Hodgson responded: “It's nice to know there are still enough serious football people out there to judge games on the merit it has to be judged on.

“The first thing I'd like to say is I don't want you discussing my mood or how I am or saying I looked exasperated or upset. You can do what you want with what I say. Do me a favour.

“To force us to play with 10 men for the last 15 plus minutes in a game which at that point we thought we dealt with extremely well was a really, really harsh outcome. It was certainly not worthy of what the team had produced.

“I am disillusioned with the game. This game was pretty much what the game is these days. You tell me if that's right? You should be disillusioned too."

Before Jean-Philippe Mateta's converted penalty, Palace were denied a call in the first-half by VAR.

Hodgson said: “Which referee do you want to believe? Do you believe the ref on the field who gave one penalty and not the other, or the one in VAR who didn't give one and then did the other? At least we got one penalty. And we did score it."

Jordan Ayew was dismissed for two yellow cards.

And Hodgson said: “You wouldn't believe how disappointed and upset he is. I'm sure some of you have played football and you know how it is sometimes to play a game where you really do well and exceed expectations and then at the end of it, due to the circumstances which controlled this game, you end up losing it. There's no way to describe those feelings.

“What can I do about that? If I have to be brutal, I can't do anything. I can praise them for their performance today. I can say you were so unlucky. I can blame the referee. I can blame lots of things.

“But the bottom line is this is a game where I thought after 75 minutes we were looking likely to win 1-0 and we've lost 2-1. And in a week or two's time, I'll be doing a press conference where you'll be telling me we lost five out of six or six out of seven."

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