Supporters joke Hodgson would be playing for Chelsea after poor ball control amidst Zaha’s reluctance to be substituted


Supporters have been joking that Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson could play for Chelsea following some abysmal ball control during Crystal Palace’s victory over West Ham United.

Roy Hogson attempted to control a horrendous clearance from Lukasz Fabianski but got his touch completely wrong.

The 75-year-old tried to calm the ball down, but however, it bounced off his shin and back on to the Selhurst Park pitch.

But the old-timer manager saw the hilarious side of it as he had a little giggle at his own expense.

And Crystal Palace supporters that saw what occurred were left all cracked up about their head coach ability on the ball. 

Reactions over the hilarious incident

A fan stated: “He’s playing centre-forward for Chelsea next week!”

A second wrote: “So David De Gea has the same technical ability as Hodgson?”

Another individual commented: “Pretty awesome for someone that’s almost 80 tbh.”

A fourth response went thus: “Golden Touch.”

While a fifth “jokingly” implied that the manager was way older than his age: “Well done, he’s 94.”

Another person tweeted: “Can’t stop watching this. Love Roy so much.”

Fortunately for the Eagles, the players were much better than their coach on the pitch as they won the thrilling encounter at Selhurst Park after a delayed start.

In spite of going behind to an early strike from Tomas Soucek, the hosts went into the lead after scoring three goals in 15 minutes.

Jamaican International Michail Antonio did grab another for West Ham United before the end of the first 45.

However, Eberechi Eze scored from a controversial penalty to restore Roy Hogson’s side two-goal lead

Nayef Aguerd helped the visitors reduce the deficit in the encounter, but they could not find an equalizer before the expiration of the game.

The win has pretty much rubber stamped Crystal Palace’s position in the Premier League for next campaign, while West Ham United will still be looking at their back having lost their last two matches.

Wilfred Zaha was furious after he was substituted by Roy Hodgson

Additionally, Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha looked angry after he was substituted with minutes remaining of his team’s enthralling 4-3 victory over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

Roy Hodgson made the choice to substitute his star attacker after 86 minutes at Selhurst Park with his side already netted four past David Moyes’ West Ham United.

Wilfred Zaha looked furious after he was substituted

Wilfred Zaha had been instrumental for Crystal Palace on the day, specifically in the first 45, when he took the home side 2-1 ahead after 20 minutes, having gone behind after nine via Tomas Soucek’s opener. 

The 30-year-old had been given the go-ahead for his first start in five Premier League matches, having picked up a groin injury during Hodgson’s first match back as head coach of the team against Leicester on the 1st of April.

Crystal Palace supporters had given Zaha a hearty reception as he took to the Selhust Park turf to warm up before the commencement of action, but his afternoon ended in frustration in spite of his team coming away with maximum points.


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