Roy Hodgson admitted Crystal Palace's Carabao Cup penalty shootout exit to Colchester felt like a comedown after the weekend.

Three days after regestering their first leage win of the season at Manchester United, and their first in the Premier League era, the Eagles were dumped out of the cup 5-4 non penalties after a goalless 90 minutes.

Andros Townsend missed the first and vital spot-kick for a home side that featured many first team regulars.

Hdgson felt the side he fielded was good enough to beat his League Two opponents and that the euphoria from the weekend was a far cry away.

"Yes that is very true," he replied when asked if the result was a come-down after the United win.

"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."

Crystal Palace welcome Aston Villa to Selhurst Park on Saturday.