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Roy Hodgson has a tough task ahead of him at Crystal Palace

Friday 22nd September 2017
As we all well aware, Roy Hodgson lost his first game in charge at Crystal Palace to Southampton last weekend. A 1-0 defeat not only continued the misery of a bad run but secured another fixture without a goal scored. It will be a tough time for Roy as he is aware of what is to be expected from the board.

Coming up against Southampton last weekend, Crystal Palace did have a few chances. Three shots on target is proof that somehow they should be able to score given more time. They just need more clear-cut chances and players need to be more clinical in front of goal.

Palace did, however, score in the League Cup this week as they beat Huddersfield 1-0 at home. A great relief for the home crowd as Bakary Sako scored the only goal in the 13th minute. It could be a sign that more goals will be on their way in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
Being drawn out away to Bristol City in the last 16 is probably the better draw for them. The fixture could be seen as a gateway to a good cup run. It will be something that Hodgson will be looking to excel in this season. The fixture could be key in attempting to win over the board at Selhurst Park.

Back to the Premier League. With Hodgson now taking the place of Frank De Boer's recent decline, there is much to be dealt with over the next few weeks. The Crystal Palace manager could not have arrived at a more obstacled time. The next three fixtures will make you fear for the worst.

Away to Man City. Away to Man United and home to Chelsea. Not only will these games be extra tough but Palace will want to try their best at not conceding so many goals. These three fixtures will not be easy at all. Not scoring in the Premier League this season isn't probably going to help them in the near future.
The ex-England manager has had experience over the years and been in charge of clubs all over the world. With his 19th club, Hodgson will need everything in his power to get anything against upcoming clubs in the Premier League. Even a goal would be uplifting for the club, especially against any of the top three sides right now.
If after these three fixtures, Palace don't get a point or even get a goal what would the board be thinking? The fans would surely not be happy with how the board dealt with Frank De Boer's situation. From a neutral perspective, it is quite gruelling to see another manager get sacked from a club when he hasn't had the time.

De Boer only got time for four games! Roy Hodgson will be at four games after the Chelsea game. So what will be the scenario if nothing has been achieved by then? This situation could just be a catch 22. It's a predicament we have seen regularly over the past ten years in the top flight of English football. There is no success for managers because they don't get enough time.

Roy Hodgson is no exception. If they don't pull anything out of the bag and he doesn't get put in the firing range, surely there will be big questions asked.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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