Southampton defeat Crystal Palace to hand them unwanted record

Southampton defeat Crystal Palace to hand them unwanted record

Southampton defeat Crystal Palace to hand them unwanted record

Hodgson was officially appointed as the new Eagles manager on Tuesday night following the sacking of Frank de Boer on Monday.

Hodgson was keen to switch his focus to Crystal Palace and wants to put his England career to the back of his as he prepares for their crucial game against Southampton tomorrow.

"Matches do get lost when you're a football coach, particularly in tournament football and the tournament is over", Hodgson said of the Iceland defeat, which came to define his four years with England.

Other reports suggest that Hodgson could be given £40m to spend Crystal Palace in January as they look to climb out of the drop zone.

That episode, he says, is now behind him and he is looking forward to leading Palace away from trouble.

"It was the worst possible start, conceding the goal so early, a team that's obviously a little bit nervous and anxious anyway becomes even more nervous and anxious".

"I thought in the first half we were very nervous, people didn't show any real confidence on the ball at all".

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.

'In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team and a lot has happened in between.

Hodgson is a former junior player of the Palace in the 1960s but has never managed to penetrate the first team.

With all that being said, I am predicting this game to be a win for Southampton. Crystal Palace was yet to score a goal, and they were nineteenth in the league table. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals'.

Hodgson on his return to the dugout: "I am really pleased to be back".

"There is no lack of attitude from players wanting to do better but we have a psychological fight on our hands, we have to make judgements on the games and the players know that".

Mauricio Pellegrino's charges have endured a stuttering start to the season so far and the Saints suffered their first Premier League loss of the season when they slumped to a dismal 2-0 defeat against Watford at St Mary's last weekend.

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