- It’s Alex Howell
- BBC Sport at the Amex Stadium
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he has the “strength and courage” to turn his side around after their defeat at rivals Brighton.
The 76-year-old was booed by the home team at the Amex Stadium, while traveling fans displayed a sign sharing their displeasure at the club.
“The years I’ve spent in the game have given me strength to endure,” said Hodgson.
“Indeed, contempt for those who are far away is part of our life.
“Right now our fans are not happy with everything that is happening at the club and they are showing their feelings again.
“I signed up to be the manager of this football club and I have the strength, courage and determination to make things work. I am not afraid of such things.”
“I can’t give you the pleasure of saying it hurts me because it’s obvious,” added Hodgson.
“Everyone wants to be loved, everyone wants to be appreciated, everyone wants to be told they’re great and when it doesn’t happen the answer is yes, it hurts a little bit.”
Palace beat Sheffield United 3-2 in midweek with Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze starring. However, both had to be replaced with injuries in the game and Eze was not fit for the squad while Olise was named on the bench.
‘I don’t have a crystal ball’
Hodgson called on Olise, with Palace 3-0 down, but the winger only took 11 minutes after re-injuring his hip.
“I was told he couldn’t start the game and everyone was comfortable with that,” Hodgson said.
“He told me and he told me that he is better off sitting on the bench and playing in the second half. Unfortunately, I don’t have a crystal ball.
“It’s like looking back ‘you lost 3-0, why did you bring him in?’ The answer is that we brought him so far to be on the bench to play in the second division and we need our best players on the pitch.
“It’s not easy when you have a player of his caliber who can play and say, ‘I know, we brought you here to play in the second division, but I’ve changed my mind, sit down. The bench.’
Olise’s injury was compounded by Palace also losing Marc Guehi to a knee injury in the first half.
This is the second time this season that the fans are showing signs showing their frustration with the way the team is being run. Fans also displayed the banner during Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat in January.
“I think it’s difficult, I think it’s wrong. I think Steve Parish has done a fantastic job for the club,” said Hodgson.
“We feel that the fans are not happy, we were beaten a lot at Arsenal and we came here and our fans expected us to win the game and we lost 4-1.
“It would be unreasonable to expect them to go home happy afterwards and impossible to think that the fans will not protest. All I can say is that we are doing our best.
“Of course you always feel sorry because as a fan you want your team to win. But games have to be analysed.
“The fans have come here with high expectations. Unfortunately, especially because of the situation, we can’t even field a team that can do this, you have to accept that it doesn’t always work out that way.
“Dreams and hopes are one thing but at the same time there are realities and the reality today was, despite our best efforts, we were victorious with a good team.”