Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

It Didn't Take Long For Roy Hodgson To Piss Off Palace Supporters

It Didn't Take Long For Roy Hodgson To Piss Off Palace Supporters

The 70-year-old replaced Frank de Boer in the Selhurst Park dugout on Tuesday but could not deliver an instant turnaround in fortunes as Palace became the first side in top-flight history to lose their first five games without scoring a goal.

Roy Hodgson says England's loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 did not make him doubt himself as a coach.

We will bring you updates from his post-match press conference here, below.

It would not end on the training ground, either, because we would always watch back videos of games together to analyse our performances.

Steven Davis hit the victor in only the sixth minute at Selhurst Park and Fraser Forster made good saves to deny Christian Benteke and Jason Puncheon, as Palace became the first team in the history of England's top division to lose their opening five games of a season without scoring a goal.

The endgame, of course, is securing Palace's future in the top flight, and Hodgson is confident that he is up to the task. Crystal Palace was yet to score a goal, and they were nineteenth in the league table.

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That is part of the reason Hodgson has been more successful with so-called smaller teams in the United Kingdom like Fulham and West Brom than at, say, Liverpool. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals. After the goal you could see the nerves and the anxiety.

"It wasn't a game with loads of chances but they had too much possession and we allowed that because we weren't compact enough".

"To win on this pitch is not easy, for this reason we have to be really happy".

West Brom were Hodgson's last job in club management before he left to take the England position in 2012, and the short but sweet spell he spent in charge at the Hawthorns provides a reasonable barometer for what to expect at Crystal Palace.

The result takes Southampton up to eight points from their opening five games, and Pellegrino believes it is key to keep picking up points and build-up the confidence among his players.

But where does their shocking start stand amongst the Premier League's worst after the same amount of games?

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