Soccer | Hodgson: Palace need more upfront

Cape Town – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson lamented not having an out-and-out striker in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.

A solitary goal from Son Heung-Min won the match for Spurs, while Hodgson was unable to call on a centre-forward as the Eagles remain rock-bottom of the Premier League standings.

"It would be nice by the end of the season to have one person who is a centre-forward and goal scorer," Hodgson said.

"They have (Harry) Kane, Son and (Fernando) Llorente and all we have if we want to change something is Bakary Sako, a left winger trying his best as a centre-forward.

"We need points really. I would have settled for playing much worse than we played and having a bit of good fortune where a ball deflects past the goalkeeper, or the referee awards us a penalty which is not a penalty.

"I would settle for that at the moment more than I would settle for people trying to be relatively kind to me and the team by perhaps suggesting that we deserved a bit more than we actually got," he said.

"When we look at the table we're still on four points and we're getting further away from the teams that are just outside of the relegation zone, and our task gets harder with every defeat."

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