No easy fix for struggling Palace, says Hodgson

No easy fix for struggling Palace, says Hodgson

No easy fix for struggling Palace, says Hodgson

On Tuesday, former manager of England's football team Roy Hodgson signed a two-year contract with London-based football club Crystal Palace, the club announced via their official website.

New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has described his first game in charge of the Eagles as "painful" after watching them lose out 1-0 at home to Southampton this afternoon. A home game against Southampton on Saturday is the first step on that road and, with trips to the Manchester clubs and a home game against Chelsea after that, it represents their best chance of getting points on the board in the next month.

No Southampton player has scored more goals for the club in the Premier League since the start of 2016-17 than Charlie Austin (7 - level with Nathan Redmond), despite the striker only playing 989 minutes in this period (a goal every 141 mins on average).

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".

As the game entered its closing stages, Southampton's Mario Lemina nearly created enough space for himself to shoot as the visitors sought the second goal that would seal the points, but was crowded out.

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"The statistics dig us into a grave, but only what we do on the football field can get us out of it or make the situation worse". That chapter is finished.

The former Liverpool manager said the division had "evolved" in the five years since he was last a Premier League boss but he remains convinced he will lead Palace to safety. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals'.

Newcastle United posted their third successive win, 2-1 over Stoke City, to cheer Rafa Benitez on his return to the dugout after ill health.

In the last five head to head records between these two teams in English Carabao Cup, English Premier League, and English FA Cup, Southampton won three matches and two matches by Crystal Palace. It could be a good year if it ends up with Palace in the Premier League and the fans happy.

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