Crystal Palace woes continue with new Boss Roy Hodgson

Lynette Rowe
September 17, 2017

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.

Hodgson, whose first game in charge will be against Southampton on Saturday, had graduated through the youth team ranks at Palace in the 1960s and has spoken of his pride at a homecoming.

Hodgson was greeted with huge applause prior to kick-off, the former England boss having replaced Frank de Boer on a two-year deal this week, but the optimism quickly faded when Davis pounced on a rebound to open the scoring.

Burton has not got a bad word to say about Hodgson and that kind of feedback is indicative of the way many people at West Brom feel about a man who spent only 15 months in charge.

"The club is reeling right now, and, irrespective of who is brought in as manager, we need to steady the ship quickly ad get goals and points on the board before we are cast adrift". Sam Allardyce's no-nonsense pragmatism kept them in the Premier League and then, just as they assumed they knew what kind of summer they would have, the former England manager resigned.

Okay, now I'm getting anxious that we're playing so well, but only 1 goal up.

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It means that Palace still sit rock bottom of the Premier League after five games - and still haven't even scored a goal.

Crystal Palace is still without Wilfried Zaha and his injury has caused the Eagles a lot of problems. "What Palace have done only piles more pressure on Premier League managers".

"I think I have a clear idea of what they're good at and what they can do, so our style needs to be one that helps us win football matches". The 70-year-old is now working at a club operating at a similar level and faced with some of the same challenges that confronted him in the Midlands.

"It's very hard to impose a style of play if you don't have the players to play it, that's pretty obvious", said Hodgson ahead of his first game in charge, Saturday's visit of Southampton to Selhurst Park.

Social media users have this afternoon taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on Crystal Palace's disappointing first-half display versus Southampton.

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