Southampton Hand Hodgson Losing Start At Crystal Palace

Anita Tucker
September 18, 2017

However, after five Premier League games Southampton have produced just two goals from the run of play.

On the attacking side of things, he might start by playing 11 against two centre-backs and, from that, work on the patterns of play right through the team. I watched Lemina today and he was like Iniesta but I can't work out if he is that good or if it was because he had no pressure.

"I can't score goals in those previous five games or change the points".

The defensive frailties that cost Frank do Boer his job were there for all to see again when Dusan Tadic was given the time and space to fire over a cross that Wayne Hennessey could only parry into the path of the unmarked Steven Davis.

Crystal Palace is the team which is in the bottom of the standing table.

'I think there's a huge identity crisis.

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Roy Hodgson described defeat in his first match as Crystal Palace manager as a painful experience and said his principal task is to prevent his players "digging themselves into a grave". Their last league goal was scored by Patrick van Aanholt in a 4-0 home victory against Hull on 14 May in their penultimate match of the season and their hopes of maintaining their top-flight status, having achieved promotion in 2013, are already beginning to look bleak.

"There's no lack of attitude from the players and wanting to do things and wanting to work and wanting to become better as a team and individuals".

"I thought in the first half we were very nervous, people didn't show any real confidence on the ball at all".

Hodgson's management style and way of working may not be to everyone's liking, yet individually and collectively West Brom's players reaped the rewards of all the hours put in on the training ground, where near enough everything they did related to a game situation.

If you are at a smaller club, you understand that if you are going to survive in the Premier League it has to be a team effort.

Born in Croydon, Hodgson spent three years on Palace's books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance. As a result, Bet 365 are giving odds of 19/10 for Crystal Palace to win against Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

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