Roy Hodgson was not sure what to make of Crystal Palace’s defeat at West Ham.
The hosts trailed at half-time to James McArthur’s early goal, but two sublime curlers from Robert Snodgrass and Felipe Anderson, either side of Javier Hernandez’s poacher’s strike, put them in charge before Jeffrey Schlupp pulled one back.
Manuel Pellegrini wants the Hammers to target sixth place. By contrast, the problems are piling up for Hodgson.
A run of just one win in 10 matches means his side lie just two points above the relegation zone, and they will be without Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins against Leicester next weekend due to fifth bookings.
“Certainly one of the goals can be contested for the free-kick and Tomkins is still so upset by it that after the game he couldn’t resist the temptation to tell the referee again that he had made the wrong decision,” said Hodgson.
“He got himself booked and is out of the next game so that was a real double whammy.
“We certainly had our moments in attack and they had theirs, but matches are won by goals. They got three, we only got two, so there’s nothing one can say.”
Hodgson offered no more insight to BBC Sport.
“We lost. I am not sure what assessment to make,” he said.
“We were quite fortunate at 1-0. After they equalised we started to play better and had good control but after the free kick and strike from Anderson we find ourselves 3-1 down.
“We continued to ask questions but the two goals after the equaliser did for us.
“We are disappointed as the free kick was harsh for us, the yellow cards are disappointing and the two players will now be suspended for the next game, Tomkins and Zaha – to lose players with such good quality is disappointing.”
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