Palace lose to Sheffield United
Crystal Palace traveled to newly-promoted Sheffield United on Sunday, August 18th.
The Eagles would draw their opening game of the Premier League season vs an Everton side that finished the tie with 10 men.
Sunday’s game didn’t go much better for Roy Hodgson’s side, either.
Palace created very little vs Sheffield United, with a John Lundstram strike ultimately the difference-maker on the day.
GOAL FOR SHEFF UTD!
Sheffield United work it nicely down the left, Freeman’s effort is spilt by Guaita and Lundstram is there to bury it.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 18, 2019
Hodgson on Milivojevic
Prior to Sunday’s defeat, Roy Hodgson discussed a number of topics in an interview, including Palace’s summer transfer business, and Luka Milivojevic signing a new contract.
Milivojevic has been one of Palace’s top players for the past few seasons.
In the 2018/19 campaign, the Palace midfielder would score 12 and assist two in 38 league outings.
Milivojevic’s contract was due to expire in 2020, but he has signed a new deal, keeping him at Palace until 2023.
On getting the 28-year-old to put pen to paper on a new deal, Hodgson stated:
“He is our signing of the summer.
“Although I’m hoping the other three might get a look-in in that respect.
“It definitely means a lot to the club to have got Luka’s signature on a piece of paper for another four years.
“He’s been such an outstanding player and servant – both by his actions on the field and how he conducts himself off it too.
“When a player of his quality gets into the last year of his contract, you’d be surprised if there aren’t an awful lot of clubs keen to take him off you.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.
Hodgson on transfers
Hodgson also commented on Palace’s summer transfer business, and though the Eagles did bring in three players, the former England manager didn’t sound too happy with the business conducted:
“Yes, we’ve signed players but we’ve not exactly blasted the market.
“If you take it as a trio of Steve Parish, Dougie Freedman and myself we wanted certain things to happen, certain players to come in and strengthen in areas that we needed strengthening so when at the end of the window you haven’t been able to achieve that there is a sense of disappointment and failure.”