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‘Don’t mess with Roy’ – Hodgson involved in touchline altercation with Sheffield United player

‘Don’t mess with Roy’ – Hodgson ended up being involved in touchline altercation with Sheffield United player Max Lowe on Saturday afternoon.

The veteran boss could be seen standing in his technical area as the ball came by his feet during the Premier League opener at Bramall Lane, with Max Lowe coming over to take a throw.

With Sheffield United 1-0 down, Lowe was keen to take a quick throw as they looked to find a way back into the contest, however Hodgson was having none of it.

As Lowe went down to pick up the ball, the 76-year-old tried to slow the player down, but ended up getting Lowe to forcefully grab the ball in order to take the throw.

Hodgson wasn’t backing down however as he shoved the defender back, and a mini scuffle took place in the technical area as Jordan Ayew also got involved.

Talking about it on talkSPORT post-match, Hodgson said: “I don’t think he meant to catch me, chasing the ball to the side. We both smiled about it. My first reaction of course when I received the blow was complain. But I think it was a pure accident, it was nothing.”

Crystal Palace striker Odsonne Edouard produced a late winner against the newly-promoted Blades.

Sheff Utd: Foderingham (7), Baldock (7), Lowe (6), Basham (6), Traore (6), Egan (7), Ahmedhodzic (6), Norwood (6), Robinson (6), Osborn (6), Osula (7)

Subs: Souza (N/A), Slimane (N/A), Larouci (N/A), Brooks (N/A), Hackford (N/A)

Crystal Palace: Johnstone (6), Ward (6), Mitchell (6), Guehi (6), Lerma (7), Ayew (7), Eze (7), Schlupp (6), Andersen (7), Edouard (7), Doucoure (7)

Subs: Tomkins (N/A)

Player of the match: Edouard

“He was outstanding – outstanding,” Hodgson said of Lerma in his post-match press conference. “He is an outstanding player, really good.

“He was everywhere – all over the field. Defensively he was excellent, and he also had a really good game going forwards. He must have been really happy with his debut and his day’s work.

“We were impressed with him in the two matches in the United States as well, but this is his first real game for Crystal Palace in the Premier League and he came out of it with flying colours.”

Hodgson also praised goalscorer Odsonne Edouard: “He should take confidence,” Hodgson said of the centre-forward. “His performance throughout the game was really good in every respect. He held the ball up well and he was a target for us when we wanted to play the ball forward.

“He had a very good game. Now he has scored a goal – and he may say two goals if he wants to contest the offside! It was a good move, I thought, and a good finish. I was disappointed to see it being chalked off.

“When you are working with a player every day like we do we are constantly telling them what we expect from them. We are constantly telling them how to become better as individuals and what you would like to see from them to help the team out with the quality they have.

“We have been looking for what we saw today since that first day back in March.

“I’m happy with the start and happy with the points, Happy whenever you can come to Bramall Lane and take points – especially with a team celebrating a return to the Premier League.

“We knew we were in for a tough game in every respect. I thought we handled the situation well.”

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom: “We knew it was going to be tough, we knew we’d be up against it. Palace deserve the win but there’s nothing that scores us in this league, we just know we’ve got to get better from here on in.

“I think we needed to get the first goal and take advantage in that first half, when we were much more competitive. We had moments when we were 1-0 down but never really created much, especially in open play. But I’m proud of the players and proud of the effort.

“We set a record for the number of Under-21 players making their debut in the EFL but I can’t say I want to set the same sort of record in the Premier League. We want and need the injured players back, we want and need reinforcements, and if we get that we’ll keep improving.”

‘Don’t mess with Roy’ – Fans reacted as Hodgson gets involved in a touchline altercation with Sheffield United player Max Lowe…

@AngellWBAfin: Roy Hodgson would prob take Anthony Joshua tbf 😭🤣

@TonyMaynard20: You can take the boy out of Croydon………..

@killacree17: If Ayew were not there in time, Lowe would have been in real trouble!

@delbrads: My manager.. you can take the boy out of Souf London but….🔴🔵🦅

@Roscoe_chef: You fackin want some, I’ll give it yer

@ejtaylor8: 76 years old and he’s still hardest geezer in the prem

@CalbarFFC: I love all the little signs that gentleman Roy has a bit of needle about him

@CHR15_B: Roy aving it ! Be careful Roy!!

@HughMoore1997: Roy’s a geezer, he’d have that fella on toast

@ChosenMad: 76 years old and, still wants some! What a man!

@KirstyNorthwood: Should never fuck with Roy

@leighneave9: You want sum I’ll give it ya

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