Roy Hodgson has 'faith' in Crystal Palace survival despite struggles

No top-flight side has ever managed that before in English football and Palace are the first team to fail to score in any of their first five Premier League games. You have to work for these things.

"The major disappointment is that the attitude and the desire of the players that was obvious to us even in the two or three days we've been training didn't get any kind of reward", the Palace boss said. I watched Lemina today and he was like Iniesta but I can't work out if he is that good or if it was because he had no pressure.

The defensive frailties that cost Frank do Boer his job were there for all to see again when Dusan Tadic was given the time and space to fire over a cross that Wayne Hennessey could only parry into the path of the unmarked Steven Davis.

In fact, Benteke was the only Palace player to plunder in double-figures previous year; if he doesn't score, they have to hope that others step up to fill in the gaps and so far, that hasn't happened. 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.

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Crystal Palace is the team which is in the bottom of the standing table.

"I enjoyed my time with England - a huge honour".

I am sure we will see some changes in Palace in their upcoming games but, after about 10 matches under Hodgson, we will be able to see a big difference. We've got to try very hard to make certain that people don't dig themselves into a grave. In the second half, Southampton stopped pressuring the Palace players in packs to force them out wide, knowing that every cross will be comfortably dealt with by summer signing Wesley Hoedt and Maya Yoshida.

Redknapp continued: 'You have to get after the ball.

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Under the trusty guidance of Graeme Souness, it took Newcastle seven hours and 18 minutes to score their first goal of the 2005/06 Premier League season, setting a new PL record that stands to this day.

Hodgson's last game, that wretched defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016, was the nadir for England.

Looking at Palace's squad, they have enough players who will understand that, and they will suit Hodgson's approach quite well.

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