Crystal Palace fans have responded on Twitter to the news that Roy Hodgson has questioned Patrick Van Aanholt over a tweet.
After Palace’s unconvincing 1-0 loss to Sheffield United, The Dutch left-back posted on Twitter: “Sheff Utd just wanted it more than us, boys are p****d, we just couldn’t get going, but it’s a long season ahead, back to work.”
According to a report from the Evening Standard, Hodgson was “angered” by the incident and was frustrated by the post.
However, Patrick Van Aanholt has denied that he posted the tweet himself, saying that it was instead an agency responsible for his social media channels.
This wasn’t good enough for Hodgson, however, saying that he will have to face the consequences regardless of who actually posted the tweet.
Hodgson said (Evening Standard): “We constantly preach to our players not to make major errors,” Hodgson said of their social media policy.
“But one of our players has supposedly put something on Twitter which wasn’t put out by him at all, it was put out by his agent or someone he knows. Where do you go from there? If you call the player in and say, ‘that is wrong’ and he says ‘well it wasn’t me’, then where do you go from there?
“He didn’t say it apparently. It is wrong to put that out because it isn’t true, I wish it was as simple as that. I wish I could have said that [they wanted it more], but it was a lot more complicated than that. Analysis of games come down into the same level, ‘which team wanted it more’. I have found that impossible to quantify.
“That is the answer I got, I have no idea. I am going to make no attempts either in the next few days of my life to get to the bottom of it. It has been said, I don’t believe it is true what he supposedly said and I am moving on from there.
“There are facts of life at the moment and social media is one of them.
“One thing is important, when you have a bad day and you don’t play well, and there were a number of reasons and we are aware of them and take responsibility for them, it is important that the players don’t try to hide behind it.
“I would be very disappointed if the players’ analysis of Saturday was so simple as ‘well they wanted it more’. Because I am not certain it is true.”
Palace fans had a mixed response to Van Aanholt’s hiccup. Many think that the Dutchman was spot on with that assessment of the game, while others praised the manager for having such a strong stance with his players.
Here are some of the responses below…
Roy, they did want it more
— Potty#UTAG (@pottyman2) August 22, 2019
DROP HIM, DROP HIM, DROP HIM!!
— RELEGATION SZN (@PalaceWaco) August 22, 2019
Maybe PVA should have phrased it as “it’s not our fault that wasn’t us playing out there” then we as fans have nowhere to go with that. Aye Roy.
— Sebby21 (@Sebby_21) August 22, 2019
Of course they did. They're a newly promoted club, first game at home against a reasonably doable team like Palace. But it was our lack of creativity, quality and to be honest tactics that lost us the game.
— Christian (@ChristianEagle0) August 22, 2019
Important point to call out by Roy, top manager, slap them in the face with the truth and let’s see a positive reaction against United even if we loose
— Vinon (WoW) akilleez24 (steam) The Machine (@DaddyDrapps) August 22, 2019
— Valentino (@val_cpfc) August 22, 2019
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So people abusing pva are only abusing some poor minion doing his Twitter page Makes them look even more stupid
— northern exile (@busboy67) August 22, 2019