'Nervous, frantic' Crystal Palace leave Hodgson calling for confidence

Jonathan Hernandez
September 17, 2017

Born in Croydon, Hodgson spent three years on Palace's books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

Hodgson took over from the sacked Frank de Boer earlier in the week but saw his side sunk by an early Steven Davis strike at Selhurst Park.

The match marked a losing start for new Palace manager Roy Hodgson. In 2014's FIFA World Cup, England were eliminated in the group stage, and past year, following 2-1 defeat against Iceland in Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson announced resignation from the post.

The result also leaves them without a goal in 2017-18, meaning they have taken the longest of any top-flight team in England to score a goal at the start of a season since Newcastle United in 2005-06.

After penning the deal, Hodgson said, "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".

Hodgson said at the time of his appointment that the challenge he had accepted was an easier one than those presented by Fulham and West Brom, On his first game's evidence, that may yet prove wrong.

"I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals", said manager Pep Guardiola.

"As far as I am concerned, it is, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, it's everyone at the club, hierarchy, players, chairman and owners and most importantly perhaps of all, the fans".

Hodgson recognised he will never fully escape the shadow of England, but Palace is what he cares about now: "I believe the team will stay up, absolutely". Our prediction is for Palace to win 1-0.

"I've always had the utmost respect for Roy Hodgson".

"There is no lack of attitude from players wanting to do better but we have a psychological fight on our hands, we have to make judgements on the games and the players know that".

"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".

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