Palace Are In Deep Trouble But Hodgson Deserves No Blame

1 Posted by - September 24, 2017 - News, Video

For 44 minutes at The Etihad Stadium yesterday, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace held their own against a rampant Manchester City side but following Leroy Sane’s opening goal, things went downhill rather rapidly.

As fans, we all know that the former England boss faces a steep uphill battle if he is to save us from the drop but if we can the players can somehow isolate the positives from our opening half against City, we may just have an outside chance of achieving what to many already looks impossible.

Following the worryingly short reign of Frank de Boer, the vast majority of this country’s pundits have written off our chances of survival but in Danny Murphy, Hodgson has a rare ally and the former Fulham midfielder is admirably refusing to give up on us just yet.

Admittedly, a six-game run without a point or a goal to show for our efforts does paint a rather grim picture but if we can somehow retain a little confidence and spirit into October, you’d hope that the squad can begin to pull things around in the run-up to Christmas.

In scenarios such as this, baby steps are all you can take as a squad and our solid display against Huddersfield on Tuesday should give us all a little hope of a brighter tomorrow, even though we’ve got plenty of hard yards left to run.

What I will say, is that I’m determined to stick by Hodgson and Lewington for the remainder of this season, regardless of how results go. We all know that the squad they’ve inherited is hugely lopsided, with defenders galore and a dangerous scarcity of attacking options, meaning that the pair will need patience and backing from the fans if they are to turn things around.

Things look bleak and are likely to stay that way for the rest of the campaign but I certainly won’t be turning on Roy and the coaches if we fail to pick up many points in the months to come. They’ll be doing everything they can to help but they can’t be blamed for being unable to turn water into wine.

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  • Pete Burch September 24, 2017 - 11:28 am Reply

    Danny Murphy summed it up nicely:

    “They’re just playing against one of the best teams in the Premier League”… City are rampant against teams that have far fewer problems than Palace this season.

    Alas, we seem to often be lopsided somehow and nearly always due to injuries to our most influential players (Bolasie & Souare previously, Zaha on the opening day this season and now just happened again with Benteke). We can only afford to have a single stand out player in each position so when they’re out injured we’re screwed.

    And Leicester winning the title didn’t help… all the ‘top’ teams have been forced to increase their spending to astronomical amounts to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Bursting at the seams with stand out players most of them (easy when you’ve got the budget of an oil-rich dictatorship and inflated, unrealistically priced sponsorship deals). Even Leicester were lucky without injuries in their title winning year – if either Vardy or Mahrez had been out for three months they’d not have come close.

    Notwithstanding Frank de Boer bizarrely playing players out of place in pre-season (which certainly didn’t help us in our first games this season), Palace don’t seem to have anything but bad luck. Big Sam ‘retiring’ wasn’t exactly good luck either.

    It was ever thus for the Palace supporter. :sigh:

    At least tickets will be easier to get in The Championship and the true fans will still be there singing away. Not that the fat lady has sung yet… but she’s certainly warming up.

    • Stephen bell September 24, 2017 - 5:37 pm Reply

      Bolasie doesn’t play for us you poor excuse of a fan

      • admin September 24, 2017 - 6:18 pm Reply

        He meant in December of 2015, Stephen…

  • Richard C September 24, 2017 - 4:09 pm Reply

    For 35 minutes yesterday we looked like a decent team. I was quite impressed until we let in the second goal. I will not be letting the fat lady warm up until Christmas because I think we are better than a lot of the teams in the league. The only thing I would do is get an out of contract striker in….. Now

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