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Hodgson shows frustration at 'two points lost' as Palace are held by Everton

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson snapped at the suggestion he needs to inspire wins after seeing his relegation-threatened side frustrated at home by Everton.

Palace's 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park was another match in which Hodgson felt his team were superior and not rewarded with the three points they deserved.

They were comfortably the better team and twice led, through goals from James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha, before Leighton Baines scored from a controversial penalty and Oumar Niasse's finish on the stroke of half-time.

It was also Niasse who appeared to dive under minimal contact from Scott Dann for Everton's penalty, and who could yet face a retrospective charge, but the wider concern for Hodgson will be further dropped points.

Palace have also recently lost at Newcastle and Tottenham when their efforts arguably deserved better, and when asked about his need to get more, the 70-year-old angrily responded: "I work to get performances, to make sure the team understands its job, goes out and puts in good performances.

"We created more chances, conceded fewer, had more of the ball having been fouled what must have been a record number of times (26 times). If good performances are key to getting points, we'll get them.

"The referee (Anthony Taylor) gave it as a penalty. They scored it. That's the end of it.

"There's no point sitting here saying we played well and deserved better. You get what you get. We've had two draws and two defeats.

"It's two points lost, not thrown away. Obviously we're not happy with the two goals we conceded. We played well enough to win the game.

Palace had contributed to Everton's second goal when Julian Speroni chose to pass short to Dann instead of kick long, and the unprepared defender conceded possession to Idrissa Gueye before Niasse was sent through to score.

The result means the visitors' caretaker manager David Unsworth has secured four points from their past two games at a time when they are again expected to approach Watford for Marco Silva, and he said: "If I get the job, I'll be delighted.

"If I don't, I'm sure the board and chairman will have made the right decision for the club. I'm an Everton fan. I work for the club. Whoever gets the job, I'll shake them by the hand and wish them the best.

"I haven't seen (the penalty incident) again. It was a long way away. It looked like there was contact from where I was stood. Oumar will always take on an opportunity.

"If he's got clipped or pushed, if it was a soft penalty, it was a soft penalty. I'll have to look at it again.

"I was delighted with their desire. We've got to show a bit more quality to get results in the Premier League, but we had to start somewhere. There's been a steady improvement."

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