Despite the loss to Young Boys, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is still positive about his side’s trip to Switzerland.

The Eagles won their first game abroad, winning 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw against FC Luzern, before a 2-0 loss against Young Boys today.

Hodgson said: “The main purpose of the visit was really the training facilities and the accommodation and to have two matches which were going to really test us out,” he said.

“It’s been a perfect training camp in that respect.

“We’ve had two very tough matches, much tougher than we would normally play after only one week’s training. But we knew that it was going to be tough after just one week so we were ready for that. Also the fact that we had such good training facilities, the hotel was so good, the players liked the town where we were staying.”

He concluded: “So all in all it’s been a good week’s work and I’m not at all disappointed here today. I was a bit after the first half but the second half has really cheered me up because I thought we played really well.”

In terms of their recent loss against the Swiss Champions Hodgson said: “To be honest in the second half I thought we were arguably the better team. They didn’t create that many chances but unfortunately we shot ourselves in the foot with a major error after five or six minutes. So of course when you start games like this and you’re 1-0 down it’s always going to be hard.

“It was an excellent work out for the boys. We worked really hard and I’m actually impressed by the level of fitness we showed today after only two weeks in training.”

Palace’s next game is on Tuesday away at Barnet (19:45).