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.
"You can't give away seven games and expect to get out of relegation."
Frank Lampard thinks Crystal Palace are doomed… pic.twitter.com/biVDiZ2mGS
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 30, 2017
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.