CRYSTAL Palace manager Roy Hodgson admits his side's Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester United was a come down after their win at Manchester United.

The Eagles boss made ten changes for the Carabao Cup second-round tie at Selhurst Park was disappointed by the performance of those players who came into his team, after the U's won 5-4 on penalties following a goal-less draw after 90 minutes.

Despite the changes, Palace still fielded a strong side against the U's with internationals Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke and Wayne Hennessey all featuring for the hosts.

"Yes that is very true," Hodgson said when asked if the result was a come down after the 2-1 Premier League victory at Manchester United, last weekend.

"I believe that the team we put out tonight would be capable of wining the game, it was important for some players to get a chance to show what they can do.

"We had injuries to Ward and Schlupp anyway and some players coming back.

"Having said all that, I still think the starting line-up today in my opinion would be capable of winning the game.

"They didn't because we didn't play well enough and Colchester played very well.

"That is what being a professional footballer is all about.

"We sign players, believe in them and believe that when they get their chance they will shine.

"You can't do more than give them a chance to come in and shine and there will be some who aren't happy with their performance.

"But the bottom line is if we can't start scoring goals it will be difficult for us and that is because we don't create or take our goalscoring chances, so as a result you are never sheltered."