MAX LOWE thought he had hit rock bottom after losing at home as the Blades returned to the Premier League.
Then he went into the home dressing room and was mocked for arguing with one PENSIONER!
What made it worse for the defender was the knowledge that he had finished second for the second time that day.
At 26, Lowe is half a century younger than Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who celebrated his 76th birthday last Wednesday.
Still, the pair became embroiled in one of the most bizarre side-fights the Premier League is likely to see as time ran out for Palace’s narrow win.
Lowe hastened to execute a quick throw, and his head was bowed as he stretched out his arm to prevent any palace staff from interfering with it.
Unfortunately, he managed to punch the former England manager in the gut, giving Hodgson goosebumps.
Returning to the red corner after the final whistle, Lowe revealed there was no rest for him.
He revealed: “All the guys laughed at me and said, ‘That’s 1-0 to Roy’.”
“Apparently Roy said he was quite pleased with his reaction because he didn’t know he still had what it took.
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“I didn’t either, to be fair. His abs are stronger than I thought! I was a bit shocked. I laughed then… only Roy didn’t laugh!
“I felt terrible afterwards when I realized who it was. In the heat of the moment, I forgot where I was and felt terrible full-time.
“Fair play for him, it was a hard fought game and you could see that on the pitch with both teams.
“It was obvious they have players with really good individual quality and we tried to work on that throughout the week – but it was a sloppy goal to lose so we’re disappointed.”
Hodgson was still in a rage as he tugged on his pants belt after the scuffle.
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The oldest manager in Premier League history made no apologies for his disgraceful age and looked forward to a satisfying victory sealed four minutes into the second half.
His abs are stronger than I thought! I was a bit shocked. I laughed then… only Roy didn’t laugh!
It was created by another spry old boy, as 31-year-old Jordan Ayew was too quick in thought and movement for Ben Osborn and Lowe.
His wicked cross from the flat was blocked by Odsonne Edouard, who could have scored a hat-trick had he converted a simple header or had a ‘goal’ not been disallowed for offside – a fate shared by Ayew.
Hodgson’s side were superior in strength, skill and Premier League standard, but he still had to give his players the best they could to get them to the finish line.
That’s why the old slugger wants to do away with the Premier League’s new rules, which only allow one manager at a time to approach the top of the technical field.
Roy rapped, “We are a passionate coaching team that puts our heart and soul into our coaching sessions and our preparation.
“Most players at this level will be motivated. But sometimes they need a little inspiration, sometimes they need encouragement, sometimes they need a little help with something, and I’ve always seen that as part of my job.
“Now it’s harder to get the number of people down to just one person – I don’t quite understand that. Coaching from the sidelines is part of our job, that’s what we get paid for.
“If you don’t train from the sidelines, I don’t understand why we have a game at all.
“Just send the players out and then go to the directors’ lounge and have a cup of tea.”