Crystal Palace set unwanted record in Roy Hodgson's first match

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Crystal Palace set unwanted record in Roy Hodgson's first match

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It is the club he supported as a schoolboy and where he made a brief, unsuccessful attempt to become a professional player. But I don't live in the past.

"We have to accept that everybody can express on the pitch", the Southampton boss said after the defender's first appearance since January.

"We've already had four defeats, now it's five. That would be special because I am a Croydon boy and didn't leave here until I was 24 years of age".

The endgame, of course, is securing Palace's future in the top flight, and Hodgson is confident that he is up to the task.

Palace face some respite from league action when they welcome Huddersfield Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, before heading to the Etihad for their next league game next Saturday.

The south London outfit now sit bottom of the table and Hodgson will net a bonus of at least £1m if he manages to keep them in the top flight.

"When I was playing at Liverpool he was at Fulham". "This season I will have 34 parties".

Roy Hodgson is only the third manager to take charge of a Premier League game in his 70's after Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson.

Speaking after the defeat, Hudgson said: "We didn't deserve a fairytale ending. Leagues aren't won or teams relegated in September". "I saw a team that dominated the game and defended well".

"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.

"People care, they want to do better".

"But it's over", he continued. That time is gone. That chapter is finished.

"The results are everything in our life but Crystal Palace have got a good group of players". Hodgson is a former junior player of the Palace in the 1960s but has never managed to penetrate the first team. "I wouldn't have dreamt of taking the job if I didn't believe that", he insisted.

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