Hodgson still focused on survival

14 January 2018 19:03:25 GMTPlus11

Roy Hodgson insists he and his Crystal Palace players will be delighted to end the Premier League season having managed to avoid relegation to The Championship.

Having started the season with seven consecutive league defeats, the Eagles looked almost certain to drop out of the Premier League in May.

We are looking to survive and every three points is three points closer.

Roy Hodgson

However, the arrival of Hodgson has sparked an amazing turnaround in fortunes, with Palace having lost only once in their last 12 league games - their latest outing seeing them edge a valuable 1-0 win at home to Burnley.

Hodgson, though, is not about to get carried away, despite his side having risen to 12th place in the table and earned a five-point cushion above the drop zone.

He told reporters after a Bakary Sako goal was enough to down the Clarets: "It was a massive three points. At least now we can look at the league table for a week or two without shivers running down our spine.

"We are looking to survive and every three points is three points closer. Everyone at this club, fans, directors, coaches, we will be delighted if at the end of the season we are a point above the relegation zone. We will never waver from that.

"Today the three points was everything and we got them."

Next up for Palace is a short trip to the Emirates Stadium next Saturday to take on capital rivals Arsenal.

The Eagles have only won once at Arsenal in the Premier League era, that a 2-1 success in October 1994, with John Salako scoring both Palace goals.

Hodgson's men are 4.90 to earn a draw against the Gunners, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 9.50, while Palace are 23.00 to secure a 1-0 victory.

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