Roy Hodgson watched his players come back from 1-0 down at half-time.

The game finishing Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1.

A dodgy penalty led to the equaliser as the linesman controversially intervened from distance.

Here is what the Palace boss had to say after the final whistle.

Roy Hodgson:

“I’m a little frustrated.

“At half-time I wasn’t too happy with the way we played in the first half, even though we created two or three good chances I didn’t think we played anything like I’d like to see the team play.

“As a result you might have thought we would have been happy with a point but the way we played in the second half and the dominance we had in the end, I’m disappointed we didn’t get more than one goal for those efforts.

“We were asking lots of questions of Newcastle in the second half but that ball wouldn’t just go over the line for us during those goalmouth scrambles.”

“Maybe it’s nervousness or being concerned about how important the result is and then we find ourselves 1-0 down after poor defending of a corner kick, but we have the ability after half-time to come out as a totally different team.”

In/Out of box:

“We exerted a lot of pressure on Newcastle and had the ball in and around their box, and even though we had 21 strikes at goal a lot of those were from distance which doesn’t interest me, but there was a lot of entries into the penalty area which does.

“If we can keep doing that then with the type of players we have, then we will score goals.”

Points gained/lost:

“When you’re one of the teams at the bottom, you don’t drop points, because only the teams that go into games saying this is a definite three-pointer drop points.

“Teams like Newcastle and ourselves don’t drop points, we gain them – sometimes we gain two less than we would like, or perhaps deserved today on our second half performance.”

Penalty decision:

“On the touchline we don’t see those things.

“The ball comes in and there are a lot of bodies in there so you’d be a brave man to say that you detect all of those things.

“I’ve seen it on the TV and the rules of the game are clear, but you don’t often get penalties for people pulling shirts, but it doesn’t mean to say that it’s not a penalty because the rule are very clear.

“It’s very rare to see players doing it outside the box to stop a good moment in the game where the referee doesn’t blow his whistle for a free-kick.

“I can’t say I have a strong opinion of it, but I’m glad about it.

“Had we lost the game 1-0 because the referee decided to ignore that penalty claim, then we would be feeling very hard done by.”

Palace players:

“A lot of players played ever so well in the second half.

“Wilf’s first half was nothing like we have seen from him recently and in the second half we saw the player we’ve seen for the past two or three months. I

“It’s good that he came alive, but I think the three midfield players also did better in the second half at closing people down and passing the ball, and both full-backs supported very well.

“Benteke got better as the game went on and was a constant threat to their defence, and was bitterly disappointed that one or two of those chances that came his way couldn’t be converted.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Diame 22

Palace: Milivojevic (Pen) 55

Possession was Palace 54% Newcastle 46%

Total shots were  Palace 21 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Palace 6 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Palace 5 Newcastle 6

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Hayden 65), Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 57), Gayle, Perez (Merino 80)

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy

Crowd: 25,746 (Newcastle 2,900)

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  • isitjustme?

    a shocking game in the end. we’re our own worst enemy

    thank that swansea have lost both bony an Fer for the season and we need all the breaks we can get if we’re gonna somehow stay up

    • Paul Patterson

      Relying on others then..

  • gallowgate26

    I like Roy, to be fair. I hope he is still managing them next season, in the PL. It was a soft penalty though.

    • Martin

      Agree. Refreshingly straighforward and honest. Didn’t know until today his Dad was from Newcastle but moved to London for work.

      • Wor Lad

        Somebody winding you up I think, his father was a scouser!

        • Martin

          Bill Hodgson. Lived in Newcastle before the Second World War then on return from the war settled in Croydon and worked as a bus driver. Always supported Palace and Newcastle. Part of the diaspora. Not that I suppose it matters.

  • tonytoon

    The rules are clear so by the law it was a penalty. However it happens in every game without the going. Maybe one day (laughing hysterically) we might get a pen for it – and pigs might fly.

  • John

    Dodgy penalty? What about the stonewall penalty near the end that Shelvey should have given away? Never mind though, that 5 hours of set piece training a day is working miracles

    • scotty63

      jeez fella – there is shirt pulling at every corner – not right but it happens so why did the linesman suddenly decide to step in – Lascalles was blocked off in the first half and so on and so on – random decision and typical of Mariner and his crew.

    • Danimal

      This idiot on Sky is banging on about Shelvey shirt pulling while showing a clear slo mo of a Palace player grabbing Clark’s shirt.

      • steveS100

        Exactly! It’s just become a lottery as to when a penalty is given.

        • Geordiegiants

          Just become??? I have more wins on the lottery than Newcastle get penalties.

  • Geordiegiants

    Although the rules do state short pulling is illegal and it is a clear penalty, they are never to rarely given. If they were given in every game there would be a penalty every time a player is in the box, because every single player pulls every single player’s shirts. It’s an absolute pis take.

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s a farce,pushing,shoving,shirt pulling in the box is a penalty,yet other days it’s like a wrestling match in there with nothing done ? If the FA are tightening up on diving they need to do the same about this ?

  • Mark Davies

    Very soft pen but not as soft as that fat palace fan who ran towards us haha. Best tackle of fhe match the one on that idiot

  • Down Under Mag

    Was it a penalty? Yes, but this was soft in the extreme. This kind of thing goes on every single time a ball is put in from a set piece, yet for some reason the rest are let go and this one incident of no doubt hundreds over the weekend is pulled up as a penalty. And the refs wonder why they get so much stick?!? I just wish the Refs would show some consistency. Are we going to see a whole host of penalties next weekend from every shirt tug in the box? No, I didn’t think so.

    • mentalman

      clark is particularly prone to trying to undress the opposition plyers

    • Malcolm Fisher

      Jonjo got away with one,so no complaints. If the line an had seen it,it would have cost us the game

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Jumpers for goal posts,if only we’d managed to get Roy from Melchester on the last day” ? (Still a nice old duffa tho,would have liked to see him keep Palace up and Fat Sam take Everton down)