Crystal Palace set unwanted record in Roy Hodgson's first match

Crystal Palace set unwanted record in Roy Hodgson's first match

Crystal Palace set unwanted record in Roy Hodgson's first match

It was not the start Roy Hodgson would have wanted to his tenure as Crystal Palace boss, after taking over the side this week following the departure of Frank de Boer.

No, Hodgson didn't lose to a team coached by a dentist, the smallest nation to ever qualify for a major tournament, but he was unable to prevent Palace falling to a fifth defeat of the season, as Saints claimed a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park. The desire was there but unfortunately it was a frantic desire, where you're chasing and hoping, not when you're in control and causing the opponents problems.

Hodgson on what lies ahead: "It is painful today and I fear it is going to be painful in some of the moments going forward".

At this point, Crystal Palace will take anything they can get - a win, a point, a goal - as they've achieved none of the above through four games of the 2017-18 Premier League season. I would rather watch Palace games from the past and concentrate on that.

And they have still not found the back of the net in their Premier League games this season - breaking the all-time record for the longest a side has gone without finding the net at the start of a campaign.

Hodgson saw improvement in their second-half display but admitted they were too "frantic" as they chased a result. Very confident. I will not fulfill this task if I do not believe in the opportunities we have.

"We've got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them". But I've said to the players already that our focus is really on May, not the end of September.

"You have to fight for every single point".

But replacing the sacked Frank de Boer at Palace doesn't look like being an easy comeback gig judging by their struggles in losing a fifth straight game in the Premier League with Davis converting the victor from close range.

"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".

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".

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