Roy Hodgson makes losing start as Palace slump to Southampton defeat

Sheri Evans
September 17, 2017

New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday he is convinced the struggling club can survive in the Premier League despite a woeful start to the season that has left them rock-bottom.

Christian Benteke missed a decent opportunity in the first half of their match with Southampton, who took a 1-0 lead through Steven Davis.

"The desire was there but unfortunately it was a frantic desire, it was a desire where you're chasing and hoping, not a desire where you're in control and moving the ball around well and causing the opponents lots of problems".

"We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that". That being said, they are still not playing well and are up against some strong opposition in Southampton.

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 previous year and at the 2014 World Cup, where Hodgson's team did not even make it out of the group stage.

"The statistics dig us into a grave, but only what we do on the football field can get us out of it or make the situation worse". The player Roy Hodgson is injured and Pape Souare is in doubt to enter this match after a long break.

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"It's a chapter that's finished, in the past as far as I'm concerned, and now it's a chapter in the book of life opening for me, and one I'm looking forward to".

Mauricio Pellegrino on the lack of goals: "I think the number of goals is there because we scored three goals and it's a fact".

Newcastle United posted their third successive win, 2-1 over Stoke City, to cheer Rafa Benitez on his return to the dugout after ill health.

The south London club lost their opening four Premier League games without scoring a goal, the worst start to an English top flight campaign for almost 100 years.

"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". It could be a good year if it ends up with Palace in the Premier League and the fans happy.

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