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Palace players in need of confidence boost

Palace make unwanted history as Davis ruins Hodgson's debut Palace make unwanted history as Davis ruins Hodgson's debut
Spencer Simpson | 17 September, 2017, 00:19

Steven Davis's early strike ensured it was an unhappy return to club management for Hodgson, who replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked just 77 days into his tenure.

Hodgson became unemployed after withdrawing from his post as coach of Three Lions following an embarrassing defeat of Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Cup.

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

Roy Hodgson's appointment failed to inspire Crystal Palace to their first point or even Premier League goal of the season on Saturday.

The endgame, of course, is securing Palace's future in the top flight, and Hodgson is confident that he is up to the task. "All the players came off the pitch sweating, thinking we'd never worked that hard before", Morrison said but they bought into what Hodgson was doing because they recognised the benefits.

"You have to fight for every single point".

"We controlled the ball and that is something that we need because we have the quality of players to keep the ball and dominate the game". They created a couple of chances at the beginning but after that I don't remember too many clear chances for them.

The principles are the same as other managers I have played under but it is the level of detail and how precise he is with his instructions that makes Hodgson different.

"The anxiety, especially in the first half, was there for all to see, in the second there were better signs, we were prepared to put our foot on the ball and pass it".

Palace are without a goal in their opening five league games, a Premier League record, but not for want of trying with Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice going close after half an hour and Forster also saving from Christian Benteke.

Bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace suffered a 1-0 defeat to Southampton at Selhurst Park in the lunchtime kick-off.

Crystal Palace have made the worst start to a top-flight season in English football history.

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