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

Hope Soto
September 17, 2017

Just 81 days and four league games after Frank de Boer had been unveiled to some fanfare, Steve Parish happily purring about a new Palace "DNA", Hodgson struck an altogether more pragmatic tone as he sketched out his vision for the rest of the season.

"We've already had four defeats, now it's five but nothing I can say will change those five results, nothing I can say will score a goal in those five games or give us any points from those five games".

We will bring you updates from his post-match press conference here, below.

"We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that".

Hodgson could hardly face a more daunting fixture list to begin life as Palace boss.

Writing his weekly column for Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Liverpool legend Jan Molby has said he understands the appointment, but pointed out it's not going to push the Selhurst Park club forward. After taking an early lead, England conceded two goals and then froze, struggling to make basic passes as the pressure appeared to get to every player in a white shirt.

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"It wasn't a game with loads of chances but they had too much possession and we allowed that because we weren't compact enough".

Hodgson, having given global debuts to Palace trio Martin Kelly, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, is confident he has a good grip on the style they ought to play in order to thrive.

"To win on this pitch is not easy, for this reason we have to be really happy".

"I thought in the first half we were very nervous, people didn't show any real confidence on the ball at all". The Eagles are pointless, goalless and bottom of the Premier League after five games - their inability to bulge the back of the net a new first since the top-flight was rebranded. "I can see you're walking, you're not doing it", was one of Hodgson's favourite phrases as he worked time and again on team shape.

Palace played at a higher tempo in the second half as the rain hammered down but left themselves vulnerable to the counter-attack.

But Hodgson, the oldest manager appointed to a Premier League position, insisted the Eagles could bounce back from their woeful start to the season and remain in the Premier League.

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