No "overnight" fix for Crystal Palace's season admits Roy Hodgson

Lynette Rowe
September 21, 2017

Defender Pape Souare, who has been out of action since being involved in a auto crash more than a year ago, is set to start for Palace, as is £26m centre-half Mamadou Sakho.

Crystal Palace's plight represents a huge challenge for Roy Hodgson.

Bakary Sako has expressed his gratitude following his impressive form in Tuesday's English League Cup where he scored the lone goal that helped Crystal Palace qualify to the next round of the competition at the detriment of Huddersfield Town.

That loss saw the Eagles become the first ever top-flight team to lose each of their opening five league fixtures without scoring, and they also surpassed Newcastle's record wait of 438 minutes for a first Premier League goal of the season, which had dated back to the 2005/06 season.

I don't quite know why Palace are favourites and I see they are actually odds-on with Sky Bet, which is baffling given their problems.

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The former England boss, 70, oversaw a 1-0 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday in his first match in charge and after Huddersfield his team face Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in consecutive weekends.

"But I still think we will be OK and we'll work to be OK". We left a lot of players out who have been playing.

The German coach admitted his side had let themselves down in the first half at Selhurst Park as they fell behind and, even though they were much improved after the break, they couldn't get back into the tie.

"We just have to keep training him, getting him some more games, so he comes back to the player he was before the horrific accident". You don't have a year out of football with the injuries he's had to recover from, he's done ever so well to get on that field at all.

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