Hodgson dismisses claims Palace ‘will lose focus’ after Leicester defeat

Roy Hodgson has dismissed claims his Crystal Palace side may lose focus after watching Leicester reverse a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat the visitors 2-1 at King Power.

On the house side moved closer to a Champions League return after Kelechi Iheanacho struck again to beat the Eagles.

The striker’s late winner – his 14th goal in 14 games – took the win to leave the Foxes three wins away from a top-four finish.

Timothy Castagne previously called off Wilfried Zaha’s opener as Premier League third-place Leicester were forced to dig deep.

They moved seven points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham with five games to go and very close to the European top table.

As for PalaceHodgson’s men are virtually safe as they sit in the middle of the table, 11 points from the drop zone.

Speaking after the game, Hodgson said BBC Sport: “I thought for long periods of time that we were going to get at least one point. At half-time I thought we could continue to win.

“Leicester scored quickly after the break but after that we looked like we were seeing the game pretty well. Kelechi Iheanacho’s quick turn and strike are hard to defend. Objectively, I didn’t think it was a bad performance. If we had achieved a good result, I don’t think people would have turned us down.

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On whether his players could lose focus with little play, he added: “I’m not afraid of that because I know the players. This is not the kind of group that we are. I don’t think anyone who watched the game could accuse us of not doing our best.

“If we hadn’t conceded the goal so early in the second half, our confidence would have been high. The equalizer came too soon after half-time.

“We didn’t have enough time to appreciate the fact that we were leading. I honestly thought we were going to see the game through… but I was wrong.

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