Crystal Palace were more than worthy of a point at reigning Champions Manchester City according to Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

Fernandinho’s stoppage time own goal gave the Palace an unlikely point at the Etihad after a late Sergio Aguero brace cancelled out Cenk Tosun’s first half opener.

The Palace boss, whose side famously picked up three points at City last season, praised his men's defensive effort which stood firm until Aguero netted with eight minutes remaining.

"It would have been cruel to have lost it,” he said.

“I thought we held out well and our defence was strong until the equalisear in the 82nd minute.

"That came after a fine piece of play - the cross and movement from Aguero.

“There are certain goals you just have to hold you hands up and say you just don't know what you could have done better to have stopped that.

"Then for them to get the second so soon afterwards it looked like all our hard work would have been pretty much in vain.

"It was wonderful to see the lads not give up and not accept what many people would have though should have been their fate, and get an equaliser.

“In the end I am happier with 2-2 than 1-1."

The Eagles remain ninth in the table with a quick turnaround before they face Southampton at home on Tuesday.