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.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 23, 2017
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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