Andros Townsend Reveals What Roy Hodgson Said at Half Time to Inspire Crystal Palace Comeback

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Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has revealed what Roy Hodgson said at half-time of Saturday's 2-2 draw against West Ham to inspire his side to a comeback.

The Eagles were 2-0 down and looked on course for yet another defeat, but an improved second half eventually led to an injury time equaliser from Wilfried Zaha.

And Townsend has hailed the impact of Hodgson's motivational words during the break.

"He [Hodgson] was positive," Townsend said, quoted by the Croydon Advertiser. "He said we were the better side again. He gave us the belief that we can turn things and thankfully we did right at the end. He just said keep going and doing what you are doing and the goal will come.

"It looked like it was going to be one of those days where the keeper pulls off some unbelievable saves, but thankfully, Wilf saved us again.

"It has been our problem this season. We have done well in our approach play but have missed that last bit."


Palace remained bottom of the Premier League after the draw, although Townsend has insisted that the result can be the catalyst for continued improvement.

"I think the last three games we have seen a different Crystal Palace," he added.

"We played fantastically against Chelsea and got three points, did not got the result we deserved against Newcastle and on Saturday got the minimum we deserved. Having been 2-0 down with half an hour left, you would take a point.

"You have seen the difference since the manager came in. We have got a good side and we need to build on that and hopefully you will see us go on a run.

"This can give everyone a lift in the dressing room. It gives the fans a lift. We go home with a point and more belief than we had before. These last-minute goals can change seasons and hopefully that happens for us."