Big Sam to be replaced? Zorro linked with Everton move

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona is fouled by Mario Hermoso of RCD Espanyol during the Spanish Copa del Rey Quarter Final Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou

Allardyce said he was "very surprised" by the reception of the former Manchester United midfielder, who has featured more regularly since "Big Sam" took over. We got 3-0 up and the pressure was off. "There was a spirited recovery by the players that is forgotten about when you see 5-1 but we need to react properly".

That form line is starting to really test the patience of the Eagles fans, and a lot of them have run out of it where the striker is concerned.

Hodgson revealed before the match that Allardyce had still not apologised for mocking his speech impediment during the "sting" footage that cost Allardyce his job as England manager in September 2016. "It is not related to the broken leg he suffered", Allardyce said.

Palace keenly felt the absence of injured star Wilfried Zaha, as debutant Alexander Sorloth worked hard but struggled to make an impact in attack following his arrival from Midtjylland.

Luka Milivojevic netted a consolation penalty for Palace, which is three points above the relegation zone.

Don't know when this occurred in the match, but Seamus (not surprisingly) didn't come close today to matching his frankly ridiculously good return and performance against Leicester.

Another game without a goal means that the 27-year-old has now scored just twice in 21 appearances in the Premier League for Palace this season.

Asked if he would be willing to share a drink with Allardyce, Hodgson replied: "We've a train to catch so I don't think there will be time".

"That is very important, that they do some bonding together, get to understand each other better and understand what each other wants to achieve and often that can't happen when you're coming in from home everyday, training and then go home again".

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