New boss, same old story for Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson looks on during a Melbourne City A League training session at City Football Academy

And their pursuit of a first Premier League goal of the campaign is now also longer than Newcastle's wait of 438 minutes in the 2005-06 season.

Hodgson's approach is very hands-on - he loves to be on the training ground working with you - and he knows exactly what he wants from you in terms of the team's organisation and shape.

As a centre-back, he would often put me in a three-against-two situation so I would be outnumbered in order to work on moving my feet, my positional play and my relationship to the other players on the pitch.

What we can question are the decisions he makes in-game.

He said the anxiety of his players was palpable during the game but he saw an improvement in the second half after they had resorted to booting the ball up to striker Christian Benteke in the first.

That is part of the reason Hodgson has been more successful with so-called smaller teams in the United Kingdom like Fulham and West Brom than at, say, Liverpool.

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




Hodgson is about as different a manager to De Boer as there could be, and it showed in the way Palace set about their business on Saturday.

Hodgson guided them through the group as runners-up before a 3-0 defeat to Spain ended their World Cup dream, but Switzerland were by no means disgraced.

It is fair to say that Crystal Palace have endured a dismal start to the season.

Although staff and players found Hodgson's enthusiasm infectious, especially on the training ground, where there was a sense he could not have been in a happier place (it is tempting to think he is much better suited to club rather than global management on that point alone), he also had an edge to him and was not afraid to light the fuse when things were not done right.

CRSYTAL PALACE now have the unwanted honour of being the WORST attacking team to start a Premier League season. "Palace got a group of players with quality but we controlled the ball".

Despite yet another defeat, Hodgson was adamant that his players possess the desire to work hard in the coming months to lift themselves out of their current rut and backed his men for the "psychological fight" ahead. 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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