Crystal Palace vs Southampton 16 September 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions

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

Crystal Palace vs Southampton 16 September 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions

Hodgson was greeted with huge applause prior to kick-off, the former England boss having replaced Frank de Boer on a two-year deal this week, but the optimism quickly faded when Davis pounced on a rebound to open the scoring.

Expectations were high as it was Hodgson's first match as manager, but the Eagles continue to set the negative record. After Palace play Southampton on Saturday, their next three league games include away trips to Manchester City and Manchester United and a home fixture against Chelsea. 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".

The 36-year-old has worked on the Reading coaching staff for the past two years after joining them from Burnley following his retirement from playing.

"On the psychological aspect, we have to make sure people don't dig themselves into a grave", Hodgson said. The player Roy Hodgson is injured and Pape Souare is in doubt to enter this match after a long break.

"You have to fight for every single point".

"That's a fact of life and that's not going to change for me from here and going forward, but I am really pleased to be back". "We could have scored another goal but playing here is really hard". I would have like to see Rafa Benitez or David Wagner given the chance.

Hodgson's Palace side could hardly be faring worse this season, now sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table without a point to their name after four games.

Roy Hodgson's debut game in charge of Crystal Palace ended in defeat as Southampton won 1-0 at Selhurst Park.

The former Celtic keeper's most impressive save came less than 5 minutes into the second-half, Jeffery Schlupp's low cross was met by Palace captain Jason Puncheon six yards out but Forster made a superb diving save to leave Palace without a goal in their opening five Premier League games. It could be a good year if it ends up with Palace in the Premier League and the fans happy.

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