According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes his side were not rewarded for their efforts against Premier League high-flyers Chelsea on Sunday.
The Eagles fell 3-1 to Maurizio Sarri’s men, but the former England boss believed his team had some chances of their own. This, unfortunately for Palace fans, has been the story of the club’s season so far.
Palace haven’t made the greatest start to their Premier League season, and are currently sitting in 14th place with only two wins. However, they have been unlucky in a number of their losses.
Only recently did Hodgson’s men slip up in the final minutes against Everton at Goodison Park after a superb defensive effort. The club deserved a draw but came away empty handed. Likewise, they can feel equally aggrieved with their 1-0 loss to Wolves at home earlier this season, whereby they dominated every stat except for the scoreboard.
This goes to show that this Palace team are perhaps better than their position in the table is suggesting, and that fans should not be particularly nervous about being dragged into a relegation battle. However, what may be a concern is the club’s inability to take their chances and salvage points.
The club’s travails may be down to their strikers being severely out of form. Hodgson fielded Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up front against The Blues, neither of which are strikers. With Christian Benteke out of touch, and injured, as well as Jordan Ayew and Alexander Sørloth also struggling, the Palace boss may have no other options than to start his wingers as strikers.
Therefore, whilst Palace can feel upset with how some fixtures have gone this season, they can point their fingers at their struggling strikers.