Sport Palace boss Hodgson still focused on survival

00:05  14 january  2018
00:05  14 january  2018 Source:

Hodgson: I'm a very good manager

  Hodgson: I'm a very good manager Roy Hodgson says whatever he achieves with Crystal Palace, he remains "a very good manager."Roy Hodgson says whatever he achieves with Crystal Palace, he remains "a very good manager".

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson still thrives on the pressure of managing at the top level despite the Eagles. UPDATED: Crystal Palace sack manager Frank de Boer. Hodgson sets sights on Crystal Palace survival .

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RoyHodgson - cropped: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson © Provided by Goal Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is refusing to get carried away by Crystal Palace scaling the lofty heights of 12th in the Premier League after their revival continued with a 1-0 win over Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Bakary Sako shone in a rampant attacking performance during the opening half hour, when he scored the decisive goal, before an injury-ravaged Palace defence repelled a robust Burnley response in the closing stages.

Defeat by the same scoreline at Turf Moor brought an end to Frank de Boer's brief Palace tenure and the subsequent hangover meant a rocky start to Hodgson's reign.

Hodgson wants up to seven signings

  Hodgson wants up to seven signings Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he is in the market for six or seven new players in the transfer window to boost his injury-ravaged squad. Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend were injured during Monday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Brighton adding to Palace's growing injury list that already includes Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon, who are out for the season.Hodgson said: "We have been talking about strengthening our squad for about two or three weeks into my time at the club, so literally nothing has changed in that area.

Roy Hodgson has challenged Christian Benteke to provide the goals needed to lift Crystal Palace out of the Premier League's bottom three and ensure their survival in the top flight division.

Palace want Loftus-Cheek permanently - Hodgson . Crystal Palace 9 hours ago PA Sport. Alan Pardew proud of Crystal Palace 's strong start, still focused on survival . Selhurst Park on Saturday and the Eagles boss is eager to keep his players firmly grounded as they prepare for their next big test.

But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has eyes for steering clear of a relegation zone his side are now five points above.

"It changes quickly, doesn't it?" Hodgson told a post-match news conference. "I think you have to be very careful of those statistics and certainly I have no desire to start celebrating in the middle of January.

"The only thing that interests me, and I've said it right from the start, is where we are on the final day of May.

"The only thing that interests me is being one place about the relegation zone and anything else would be a huge bonus, especially after being four games and four defeats with no goals when I came.

Palace in Sakho talks with West Ham

  Palace in Sakho talks with West Ham Crystal Palace are in talks to sign Diafra Sakho from West Ham, Sky Sports News understands. Sky sources understand Sakho had a medical at Palace on Wednesday, while another claims no formal bid has been made for the player.Sakho, who was at the West Ham training ground on Wednesday morning, revealed in October that he remains keen on leaving the Hammers after failing in a summer Deadline Day move to Ligue 1 side Rennes. The Senegal international is yet to start a Premier League game this season, scoring four goals in the 17 games he has featured in this term.

New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday he is convinced the struggling club can survive in the Premier League despite a woeful start I’m focused on the next one: Crystal Palace , Crystal Palace , Crystal Palace .”

Roy Hodgson has defended his record in management after revealing he has already tried and failed to retire, saying he's always known he was a very good manager. The Crystal Palace boss has rebuilt his reputation by inspiring a team that were

"I soon added three games to that so it became seven games with no defeats and no goals. At that stage things were looking very, very bleak.

"It's nice now that it's not so bleak and we should enjoy that.

"But there's going to be lots more games like the one today where you think you do more than enough to merit the three points but you have to suffer during the second half."

Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes came closest to finding the equaliser for Burnley, one their manager Sean Dyche believed they merited.

"I don't change the record – the margins were tight early season when we were winning a lot of games and the margins are tight now," said Dyche after his seventh-placed team made it six Premier League games without a win.

"I still think we've moved a long way from where we were last season, particularly away from home because in the second half we've really taken that game on.

"Arguably we probably deserved to scratch something out of the game."

Erdal Rakip set to join Palace on loan .
Crystal Palace are set to complete the loan signing of Benfica midfielder Erdal Rakip. The Daily Mail reports that the player has undergone a medical at Palace over the weekend with a deal to be announced shortly. Rakip only joined Benfica earlier this month when his contract at Swedish side Malmo expired. The 21-year-old can play as a central midfielder or on the right. He had scored eight in 27 appearances for Malmo in the Allsvenskan earlier this season. Current Palace boss Roy Hodgson is looking to bolster his squad to pull the Eagles away from the relegation zone. Hodgson has done his research on Rakip and has been in touch with his former side Malmo regarding the player. The Palace boss is hoping for a busy month with a deal to sign Polish defender Jaroslaw Jach also expected to be completed. After a defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, Palace currently sit 13th in the Premier League, four points above the drop zone.


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