VIDEO: Hodgson & Palace Have Made Frank Lampard Look Very Silly

0 Posted by - April 30, 2018 - News

The job Roy Hodgson has done since arriving at Crystal Palace last September has been absolutely outstanding, prompting me to revisit this video of Frank Lampard writing off our chances of survival after just seven games of the Premier League season.

Whilst I can totally understand why the former Chelsea man was so sure we were destined for the drop back in autumn, his tone was bordering on insulting rather than constructive. Indeed, I would have let it all slide without comment had Frank not ended this particular segment by saying “they’re not that good” when Jake Humphrey asked him if there was any chance of us staying up.

Admittedly, the run we’ve been on in the last 31 Premier League games has gone well above what anyone could had expected from the 70-year-old and his coaching staff when they first took up the challenge in SE25. Sitting 11th in the table on 38 points with two games left to spare, Hodgson has now picked up an average of 1.31 points over the course of our last 29 games, scoring an astounding 41 goals in the process.

That said, when you consider the number of late goals (and points) we’ve thrown away in that time, (Bournemouth x2, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United all spring to mind immediately) it’s obvious that the players themselves, aided hugely by the coaching given to them by Hodgson and co. have more than enough about them to thrive at the top level when pointed in the right direction.

In the video at the top of the page, Lampard himself says that we were a side he had expected to kick on this term, only to end it by claiming we didn’t have enough about us to escape the relegation zone. It’s the sort of throwaway contradiction often made by footballing pundits but after the hammering we dished out to Leicester on Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring it back into the public sphere.


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  • Sharpy April 30, 2018 - 7:19 am Reply

    Why have you pointed out Frank ? Every pundit and reporter said the same thing just as strongly ?

  • Ross April 30, 2018 - 8:16 am Reply

    Robbie savage said we won’t surpass derby’s record low points total. Most pundits thought we were down. Don’t get the point of the article. A pundit was wrong?

  • Colin April 30, 2018 - 8:25 am Reply

    Wasn’t Lampard a member of the team at West Ham which was ‘too good to go down’ and was relegated?

  • Jim April 30, 2018 - 9:08 am Reply

    The quality of pundits is abysmal. It just shows you that you do not need to have played the game at a high level to know what you are talking about. Just look at Hoddle(how does he get a job after what he said about disabled people). Savage, Shearer, Owen, Rio.

  • Peter Burch April 30, 2018 - 1:38 pm Reply

    Easy with hindsight. Everything always is of course. But, to be fair, there had been little on show to prove anything but the fact that we, indeed, “weren’t that good” at that point in time. I would agree that the job Saint Roy has done in turning things around from the mess that F de B left behind has been nothing short of miraculous, but our stand-out players now just weren’t performing at the time (Luka being played out of position by F de B etc.) and Wilf hadn’t been able to play at all since getting kicked off the pitch in the opening game against Huddersfield (hope they go down, for that alone). I wouldn’t say it has made Frank Lampard look silly; just made him look wrong. Which of us hasn’t been wrong at some stage in our professional career?
    Always nice to prove someone wrong about things like this though. 🙂

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh April 30, 2018 - 3:50 pm Reply

    I think the point of the article is that unlike other pundits who just said we would go down due to the run, Frank made the point of saying we weren’t that good which is a directly saying the players and coaching did not have it in them and would have gone down even without losing 7 games on the spin.

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