After a run of seven games without a point or goal to show for their efforts, Crystal Palace’s chances of Premier League survival have already been written off by numerous pundits from across the game. One man who has refused to give up on us just yet though, is former Fulham midfielder and Roy Hodgson fan-boy Danny Murphy.
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Following the failed and incredibly brief dalliance the club had with Dutchman Frank de Boer at the start of the current campaign, ex-England boss Hodgson was parachuted in with the aim of quickly returning the side to their roots; a task that Murphy has always been sure of him pulling off with a flourish.
Having seen the success Palace have had under the guidance of managers like Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce in recent years, it should probably come as no surprise if Roy’s methods work wonders at Palace but after what was a historically dreadful start to the league season, even the most optimistic of punters could have been excused for feeling as though this was a step too far for Hodgson at the grand old age of 70.
To Murphy’s credit, he has never wavered in his belief that his former gaffer will get things going in SE25, having always been an incredibly vocal advocate of his training methods following the time the two of them spent together at Fulham in the autumn years of the midfield man’s successful career.
Whilst he, alongside the likes of Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora will be the first to admit that the endless shape work Hodgson insists upon is boring, there is absolutely no doubt in his mind that it works wonders with sides that need to build attacks from a solid defensive base.
After struggling to implement any true tactically cohesive style against either Manchester City or Manchester United in our last two outings, Saturday’s victory over Chelsea was a blueprint for Palace to kick on in the coming weeks and months, buoyed by the knowledge that they can replicate that performance each week, regardless of the opposition they are facing.
After weeks of doom and gloom Palace have finally got a spring back in their step, leaving Danny Murphy as the least surprised football pundit in the country in the process.
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