Crystal Palace woes continue with new Boss Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson took charge of his first match as Crystal Palace manager on Saturday but saw his side struggle in front of goal again as they lost 1-0 to Southampton.

Hodgson was aided by his trusted assistant Ray Lewington as the pair look to register the Eagles first point of the Premier League season, let alone goal, in what will be their fifth match at the weekend.

In 2014's FIFA World Cup, England were eliminated in the group stage, and previous year, following 2-1 defeat against Iceland in Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson announced resignation from the post.

The Eagles have failed to score in their opening five matches - a record in the English top flight - and passed the unwanted milestone without netting in the second half.

Palace will play away to Manchester City in their next Premier League game.

"The only comfort I could take is that we got better as the game went on".

In taking on the Palace challenge, Hodgson has a chance to restore at least some of his reputation after four unsuccessful years with England. I thought in the second half, we did get up to the ball better - nowhere near as well as I would like to see going forward - but we did do it better.

"As far as I am concerned, it is, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, it's everyone at the club, hierarchy, players, chairman and owners and most importantly perhaps of all, the fans".

"The statistics dig us into a grave, but only what we do on the football field can get us out of it or make the situation worse". "That is hard but we have been working well this week", he said.

"I still believe in the long-term, these players will pick themselves up from where they have been knocked down to", he told Sky Sports.

He said: "I have watched the Iceland game, but not for about 14 months and I do not intend to watch it back now as it has no relevance to my work".

"You have to fight for every single point". But at the same time we created more chances and we deserve to score more goals because in the past three games, we deserved to score more goals than we did. "You can always get off to a bad start, what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four".

Steven Davis scored his first Premier League goal since May 15 2016 - also against Crystal Palace.

  • Stacy Allen