Crystal Palace vs Southampton English Premier League Match Preview

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The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.

Then, much like now, Hodgson had a reputation to rebuild after lasting only six months as the Liverpool manager.

Saints unsurprisingly looked the more confident but Palace twice almost equalised before the half-hour mark, Christian Benteke denied by a point-blank block by Forster and Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing just wide of the left-hand post.

"He's a real good man and I've got a lot of respect for him".

Hodgson became unemployed after withdrawing from his post as coach of Three Lions following an embarrassing defeat of Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Cup.

"I still believe in the long-term, these players will pick themselves up from where they have been knocked down to", he said. "You can always get off to a bad start, what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four". "I can see you're walking, you're not doing it", was one of Hodgson's favourite phrases as he worked time and again on team shape. It is important to note that Palace was very unlucky to lose their last game as they were by far the better team.

Hodgson hinted that he will be going back to basics in the weeks ahead as he looks to restore belief to a squad that looked dazed and confused under De Boer.

Orlando Trustfull, brought in by De Boer also as an assistant manager, and Ryland Morgans, who was head of performance, have also left the Premier League strugglers.

Palace have a very difficult run of games coming up but what Hodgson will do is get the team well organised and hard to beat, and build from there.

However, the usual spark on show from a team who have recently been taken over by a new boss was sadly lacking, with the home side looking bereft of ideas, as they had done in their opening 4 Premier League fixtures.

Hodgson will lead training on Wednesday and be in charge for Palace's league match against Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday.



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