Fulham experience means Hodgson will not panic at Palace


Fulham experience means Hodgson will not panic at Palace

New manager Roy Hodgson will look to get his first win at Selhurst Park, after Palace were beaten by Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend - his first game in charge.

That loss saw the Eagles become the first ever top-flight team to lose each of their opening five league fixtures without scoring, and they also surpassed Newcastle's record wait of 438 minutes for a first Premier League goal of the season, which had dated back to the 2005/06 season.

"I'll have a chance to see a few more players", said former England manager Hodgson.

Luckily for Palace, Hodgson is no stranger to a relegation dog fight, successfully keeping Fulham in the Premier League in 2008 - though the beginning of his reign in West London shared similarities with Palace's disastrous start to this season. "I think it was a panic appointment and I think it was a panic sacking". "Perhaps if certain people decide to get involved with creating things or putting themselves on the line they would have the same sorts of experience. But we will be cautious with him after a year without football", Hodsgon said.

"Going forward, I'll have a much better idea of the playing personnel, and that's a very important factor". You don't have a year out of football with the injuries he's had to recover from, he's done ever so well to get on that field at all.

"Results weren't good. We could have gone on longer, but if that produced the outcomes I thought it was going to then that makes me negligent".

Palace turn their attentions to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday as they host Huddersfield, and Hodgson intends to rotate his squad.

"I've obviously been told from the club's point of view that survival's everything, that it would be unthinkable that we go down, and we're going to work during the months ahead to make sure it doesn't happen".