Roy Hodgson: 'Crystal Palace situation is painful'

I would rather watch Palace games from the past and concentrate on that. He is considered by us all as an important person in our history.

Steven Davis was a pre-match 14/1 to score the first goal of the game.

If you embrace Hodgson's ideas, they work.

'For Palace it is a very hard run.

De Boer had retained the former two.

A handsome effort from Manolo Gabbiadini against West Ham, and a tap in from Steven Davis against Crystal Palace.

He will try to get his message across sooner but it is going to take time before the team looks the way he wants it to look, and before they reach their potential in his eyes. Part of that could be due to De Boer's tactics in the first three games, with Palace's more patient build-up play not utilising the Belgian's biggest strengths, but both last week and on Saturday it seemed the Eagles were making it a point of making Benteke a focal point of their attack again.

England failed to win any of their three group games and were dumped out before the knockout phase for the first time at a World Cup since 1958.

Everyone who arrived had the mentality Hodgson wanted and he deliberately picks players with that type of mindset to fit into his team.

Roy Hodgson on his side's display: "It was the worst possible start, conceding the goal so early, a team that's obviously a little bit nervous and anxious anyway becomes even more nervous and anxious".

That should always be the case, but unfortunately it does not always happen in modern-day football.

West Brom turned to Hodgson because he was seen as a safe pair of hands who could give a struggling team some direction. In his 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formations, he asks everyone to do specific jobs. Writing his weekly column for Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Liverpool legend Jan Molby has said he understands the appointment, but pointed out it's not going to push the Selhurst Park club forward. Long balls were continually launched in the direction of Benteke from deep, with the hosts only occasionally stringing together threatening passing combinations. "Palace got a group of players with quality but we controlled the ball". It could turn out to be a very good match.

It was a bad start for Croydon-born Hodgson, and with league games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea coming next, there is no obvious prospect of things improving in the near future.

That is exactly the kind of approach Palace need right now. As a result, Bet 365 are giving odds of 19/10 for Crystal Palace to win against Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

  • Marlene Weaver