QUOTES: Palace Defender Can’t Speak Highly Enough Of Roy’s Methods

0 Posted by - January 29, 2018 - News, Player Interviews

James Tomkins has spoken to Palace’s official website ahead of Tuesday’s trip to face his old club West Ham at the London Stadium, prompting the central defender to sing the praises of Roy Hodgson for the change he’s brought about in the Eagles’ fortunes since stepping in four months ago.

Having gone seven games without a point or even a goal to our names at the start of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign much has been made of the impact Hodgson has had on the group but even so, it’s great to hear Tomkins adding his voice to the already large number of people who recognise the job Roy has done.

Whilst our most recent outing (a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal) was far from what we’ve come to expect from the players under the new regime, we definitely have reason to believe that it was a blip and nothing more heading into tomorrow night’s clash with David Moyes’ West Ham.

With Mamadou Sakho still recovering from a long-term thigh problem and Scott Dann expected to miss the rest of his season after suffering a serious ligament injury against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, the form of Tomkins and former Liverpool man Martin Kelly has been huge for the club over the last few weeks.

Known to be a player who often suffers with niggling injury problems himself, the fact that James has been able to start regularly for us has been a real blessing, with the burden hopefully lessening on him in the next few weeks following the arrival of Polish man-mountain Jarek Jach as defensive cover.

Upon his arrival at the club, plenty of Palace fans were a tad sceptical about what Tomkins would truly bring to side but over the last 12 months, he’s proven himself to be a genuinely classy operator in the back four. Calm in possession and positionally sound at all times, I think the vast majority of the Palace faithful have grown to love him.

Ideally, he’ll come away with another 90 minutes and a clean sheet under his belt following tomorrow night’s reunion with his boyhood club.

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4 Comments

  • Alan January 29, 2018 - 4:05 pm Reply

    Your headline was Defender cannot speak highly enough about Roy’s methods but there is no direct quote from Tompkins and no information on what the methods are. Just a load of stuff that is obvious and well documented already.
    Getting like the advertiser Click Bait.

    • admin January 29, 2018 - 4:12 pm Reply

      I mean, there’s this entire quote from Tomkins himself behind the link in the red writing, (which I dare say you were unaware of before you started throwing accusations around) Alan.

      “A lot of credit must go to the manager as we had gone seven games without a win so to be where we are now takes some doing and the players have done well to take the manager’s instructions into games and get us on a good run of results.

      “We have worked a lot in training on team shape and obviously the manager’s attention to detail with us has been brilliant and we have taken a lot on board. This has made us more organised and we have become more of a difficult team to beat. He works with all elements of the team, the back four on getting behind the ball and also look at defending from the front. We are a side who always has goals in us so the important thing was to make sure we stopped conceding at the other end of the pitch. It’s a long way until the end of the season and we are certainly not out of trouble so we need to push on from where we are at the moment.”

      Aside from that, the term “Clickbait” (which you’ve incorrectly stated as two words) suggests that:

      1.) The headline is misleading – which it isn’t, you’ve just failed to fully comprehend how to find said quotes.

      2.) There is some financial benefit to be gained from getting you to click on the link – Given the fact that there are no longer any adverts on HLTCO, you’re wrong there too.

      If you’re going to try and criticise me or the site, at least make sure your accusations are water-tight, Alan.

  • Pete Burch January 29, 2018 - 5:14 pm Reply

    Spot on Hoppo, I’m very happy to be one of your sponsors to receive so much good quality Palace info without ads. I still remember when the CPFRIS was the only game in town.

    Would like to choose yes/no to the round-up though… when I’ve already read all your output for the day, they feel a bit like spam.

    • admin January 29, 2018 - 8:25 pm Reply

      Yeah, I can understand that Pete. My apologies for that. It’ll only happen on Mondays but I might look into a way of it not going into the email feed.

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