Hodgson’s Midweek Plan To Rebuild CPFC’s Fragile Confidence

0 Posted by - September 25, 2017 - News

In a bid to rebuild his side’s shattered confidence ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has scheduled in a behind-closed-doors friendly with non-league Bromley.

After letting in five against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last weekend, the former England boss is no doubt desperate to inject some confidence into his players before taking on the joint leaders of the Premier League at the Theatre of Dreams.

Still without a Premier League goal to our names this season, fans are already beginning to wonder if we’ll be left cut adrift from the relegation dog fight before the end of November, leaving Roy and his coaches with next to no time in which to turn our fortunes around.

We all know that our first-choice starting XI is capable of beating anyone on their day but after struggling through five of our opening six fixtures without Wilfried Zaha, it’s been incredibly difficult for the lads to build up anything resembling a head of steam.

Now that Christian Benteke is likely to spend a considerable amount of time on the sidelines with ligament damage, Hodgson will have to be extremely inventive with his team selections, regardless of the pressure to get points on the board.

Former non-league striker Freddie Ladapo is the only out-and-out frontman left within the named first-team squad but having never had a run of games in the Palace side, throwing him in from the start against Jose Mourinho’s Reds on their own patch is likely to be something Hodgson will be keen to avoid.

I would imagine Ladapo will earn a place on the bench this weekend, leaving Bakary Sako as the makeshift striker. It’s about as far away from ideal as you could imagine but after our shambolic summer transfer window, we’ve only got ourselves to blame.

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  • tzcar September 25, 2017 - 8:16 am Reply

    yes the board have messed things up.no backup striker.but to be honest benteke has been very poor.will we really miss him?i feel for roy.u can see the beginings of the team actually starting to play as a team.for 44 mins,we were right in it.but again,like southampton,loftus cheek let us down.yes,i know im moaning,but if he had scored against southampton,we would,nt have lost.if he scored against city 2 good chances who know,s how the final score would have been.

    • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 25, 2017 - 9:55 am Reply

      Maybe he has been carrying an injury for the first few games? Still, he has missed a few sitters when the game was tied or we were 1-0 down.

  • Pardewispants September 25, 2017 - 9:00 am Reply

    Agree with both bu benteke is a strike we know early ball in box with one winger outlet marked I kills us
    problems so far
    No back up if wilf injured it’s been the same since bolasie we have only ha 2 suitable wingers
    Useless keeper
    Aging defence
    And now one striker to compound the unresolved problems made worse by selling Gayle and Murray for nothing
    Made even worse by a Dutch twat with no idea o he teams individual strengths and weaknesses afte 8 pre season games playing 343 in his Mickey Mouse Sunday Dutch Scottish league ,
    Then ou chairman sending videos o himself wate skin with he headline still Woking on transfers who owes ha !!!!
    It’s easy
    Tompkins Mensa sakho van
    Reidwald luka
    Loftus sakho Townsend

    Until zaha back
    Jan striker gk andifsakho gets injured again he has to go an a new winger
    If we stay Up,,, next summer a rb and replacement for loftus a priority
    Spend spend spend until youth ready I’m afrai to cement ourselves as a mi table prem club

  • Pardewispants September 25, 2017 - 9:02 am Reply

    Sorry re Graeme fa fingers and vey fed up

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 25, 2017 - 9:59 am Reply

    I remember hearing that the first team lost to the u23s under FDB and that is what started this loss of confidence in his system. Here’s hoping we can beat Bromley to avoid something similar! Alan Dunne plays for them and i’d hate to give him anything to smile about!

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