Roy Hodgson‘s Selhurst Park farewell ended with a disappointing defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Substitute Gabriel Martinelli and the impressive Nicolas Pepe both struck in second-half stoppage time to condemn the former England boss to defeat in the last home match of his four years as Crystal Palace manager.
Pepe had opened the scoring in the first half with a lovely cushioned volley after good link-up play between Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney, only for Christian Benteke to cancel out that goal after the interval by diving to head home Andros Townsend’s free-kick.
Palace looked arguably the more likely team to go on and win the match at 1-1, only for a late show to keep the visitors hopes of European qualification alive and secure their fourth successive Premier League win – the first time they have achieved that feat under the management of Mikel Arteta.
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Here’s that emotional post-match Hodgson farewell to Palace fans in full…
After presentations for both Hodgson and long-time assistant Ray Lewington from Palace chairman Steve Parish, Hodgson is now given a microphone to address the 6,5000 home fans at Selhurst Park.
A late show by the Gunners keeps their top-six hopes alive and spoils Roy Hodgson’s Selhurst Park farewell.
There will be a presentation for Hodgson after the full-time whistle…
Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal
GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal | Nicolas Pepe 95′
95 mins: And that will most definitely be that!
It’s a lovely, weaving run into the box from Pepe, who coolly slots his second goal of the night low beyond Guaita.
Not the farewell Hodgson was hoping for.
Simon Collings at Selhurst Park
Arsenal are ahead and Selhurst has gone very quiet. Hodgson’s night has taken a turn.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal | Gabriel Martinelli 91′
91 mins: Arsenal regain their lead in the first minute of stoppage time!
Two substitutes link up nicely as Martinelli beats Ward to a back-post cross from Odegaard and nips in to grab what will likely be a late, late winner for the Gunners.
The goal stands after a VAR check for a possible handball from the Brazilian striker.
That’s a huge goal for the Gunners to keep their top-six hopes alive…
90 mins: Palace break through Zaha, who goes down under pressure from Gabriel!
No penalty given and the VAR agrees. Arsenal go straight back down the other end…
88 mins: No yellow shirts gamble on Elneny’s near-post cross that is swallowed up by Guaita.
Time running out for Arsenal…