VIDEOS: A Look Back At The Highs Of Hodgson’s Two-Year Palace Tenure

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The 12th of September 2019 sees Roy Hodgson celebrating two years in charge of Crystal Palace FC, a milestone that I feel is worthy of some serious recognition given how grim things looked when he first stepped in to take over from Frank de Boer.

Across his 87 games as boss, he’s amassed a record of 33 victories, 20 draws and 34 defeats; a tally which I’m sure you’ll agree, signifies extremely solid mid-table form in the Premier League. It’s easy to see our place in the division as something of a given with the former Inter Milan gaffer in charge but the scale of the job he’s done shouldn’t be underplayed.

With that in mind, it seems only right to take a trip back down memory lane and remind ourselves of some of the best moments Roy’s had in charge of the boys in red and blue…

14th October 2017 – Palace 2-1 Chelsea

Following a run of seven straight Premier League defeats to begin the 2017/18 campaign, few if any were giving Hodgson and Palace a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the drop but incredibly, boosted by the return to fitness of talisman Wilfried Zaha, the Eagles pulled off a major upset in beating Chelsea 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Here’s Zaha’s strike…

Here’s the reaction at full-time…

And here’s a Chelsea fan making an utter fool of himself by predicting the exact opposite beforehand…

28th October 2017 – Palace 2-2 West Ham

Our very next home game saw us fall 2-0 down to West Ham, only for a Milivojevic penalty to bring us back into it shortly after the interval. Incredibly, in the 97th minute, Wilfried Zaha levelled the scores in front of the Holmesdale end, prompting wild scenes of celebration.

Here’s the goal…

Here’s a West Ham fan losing his head shortly after…

Here’s the entire West Ham end making themselves look silly…

And here’s Paddy Power’s fan denial compilation shortly after…

16th December 2017 – Leicester 0-3 Palace

With Hodgson beginning to stabilise things behind the scenes, Palace’s travelled to Leicester and put on a pre-Christmas show for those who travelled to cheer them on. Benteke opened the scoring, Zaha added a second and Bakary Sako put a cherry on the cake in the dying minutes. The early signs of “Royball” taking effect.

Here’s all three of our goals on the day…

And here’s a more in-depth view of Bakary’s effort…

12th December 2017 – Palace 2-1 Watford

After falling behind on just three minutes at home to the Hornets, Palace staged a late, late show, equalising through Bakary Sako on 89 before James McArthur won it for Roy in stoppage time. The Zaha footwork from Macca’s effort is now part of Palace folklore.

Here Zaha is making magic…

Selhurst went into meltdown…

Watford fans will never learn…

The main man milked the moment…

The Holmesdale did too…

2nd January 2018 – Southampton 1-2 Palace

The start of 2018 brought much New Year cheer, with Roy’s boys recovering from falling a goal behind at St Mary’s to win 2-1 thanks to a Luka Milivojevic stunner from outside the box. Things were looking up and a brighter future was on the cards.

Here’s the aforementioned late winner from our Serbian skipper…

And here’s some seriously peeved Southampton fans outside the ground afterwards…

14th April 2018 – Palace 3-2 Brighton

It’s a rivalry which baffles many neutrals but means the world to Palace and Brighton supporters and on this occasion, it was Roy’s boys who eventually came out on top. Zaha scored a brace, (obviously) whilst James Tomkins also managed to chip in from close-range in front of the Selhurst faithful. Lovely stuff.

Here’s the opener…

Here’s Tomkins’ effort…

Here’s Zaha’s second…

Mamadou Sakho wasn’t prepared to let go of three points easily…

Wilf rubbed salt into the Seagulls’ wounds in his post-match interview…

28th April 2018 – Palace 5-0 Leicester

Two weeks on from the win over our arch-rivals, Hodgson’s players were at it again, putting five past the Foxes in arguably our best Premier League performance since winning promotion in 2013.

The boys in red and blue took liberties…

Ruben Loftus-Cheek enjoyed himself…

With the win already secured, the whole team made sure that Benteke was given the chance to score from the spot and add to the feelgood factor.

11th August 2018 – Fulham 0-2 Palace

The 2018/19 season began with a bang at Craven Cottage with goals either side of half-time from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha.

Here’s Jeff’s strike…

Here’s Wilf putting the game to bed…

Our away following were in fine form…

As were our social media team…

22nd December 2018 – Manchester City 2-3 Palace

Arguably the most high-profile of Palace’s victories under Hodgson. Against all the odds, the men from SE25 went to the home of the league leaders and shocked everyone who watched. Andros Townsend hammering in the screamer to end all screamers only made it taste sweeter.

Here’s the story of the game…

Here’s a better view of that Townsend belter…

A young fan produced a piece of Palace gold with his expression after snaffling Andros’ match-shirt…

BBC Sport’s commentary added to the joy…

Not that every Palace supporter was happy with the victory…

23rd February 2019 – Leicester 1-4 Palace

For the second time in as many seasons, Palace waltzed into Leicester and took home all three points with ease. Things were finely poised at 1-1 when Jonny Evans levelled the scores on 63 but in the final 20 minutes, the visitors put their foot down and left the Foxes for dust.

Michy Batshuayi showed supporters his goalscoring instincts…

Wilf got in on the act…

Twice…

Big Cheik enjoyed our captain converting from 12 yards…

Luka knew how big a win it was…

21st April 2019 – Arsenal 2-3 Palace

Palace have always had a wretched record against Arsenal but in the late April sunshine at The Emirates, we were finally able to enjoy ourselves at the Gunners’ expense. Goals from Benteke, Zaha and McArthur gave Roy a memorable victory which pretty much put the nail in the coffin of the North Londoners’ Champions League hopes.

Big Ben got the ball rolling…

Zaha put his name on the score-sheet…

Jimmy Mac rounded things off from close-range…

Our fans and players soaked up every second…

24th August 2019 – Manchester United 1-2 Palace

For the first time in Premier League history, Palace tasted victory over Manchester United thanks to goals from the Ghanaian goal-machine Jordan Ayew and Patrick van Aanholt. As is often the case, we were given next to no chance of returning south with a positive result but a tweak of formation worked wonders.

Here are the highlights…

Paddy Power had a field day…

It all proved too much for one home fan…

Barbara wasn’t best pleased…

Neither was Mark Goldbridge…

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