Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Hodgson back as Palace sets record losing start in EPL

Hodgson back as Palace sets record losing start in EPL

Roy Hodgson took charge of his first match as Crystal Palace manager on Saturday but saw his side struggle in front of goal again as they lost 1-0 to Southampton.

Steven Davis scored the only goal of the game after six minutes and Southampton, for whom Virgil van Dijk came on as a substitute to play his first game in eight months, survived the odd second-half scare to take all three points.

When Roy Hodgson said "I don't really know what I am doing here" the morning after his resignation had followed England's shameful 2-1 Euro 2016 round-of-16 defeat to Iceland in Nice, it crystallised befuddled tournament performances in France past year and at the 2014 World Cup, where Hodgson's team did not even make it out of the group stage. Welcoming out-of-sorts Southampton to Selhurst Park may be a great opportunity to get early points on the board but Palace are then forced to travel to both Manchester clubs before welcoming hosting Chelsea on October 14. They want to do better but we have got to mould ourselves into a better football team.

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

Key personnel Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho and Luka Milivojevic were all present during the session as they look to make a positive start under their new manager. "It's a tough programme ahead because of the quality of the opposition". He told the official Palace website: "This is very much the club of my boyhood, and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories". I thought in the second half, we did get up to the ball better - nowhere near as well as I would like to see going forward - but we did do it better.

With all that being said, I am predicting this game to be a win for Southampton.

"Like every football match, afterwards if you've won it you're bouncing a little bit and are on something of a high, and when you lose it you're on something of a low. That was a chapter in my life and that chapter is now finished and I am really focused on the next one".

"There's a lot of players here who have been at the club a long time and had a lot of success, both helping the club up from the Championship and keeping them in the Premier League", he continued.

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