Palace no one-man team - Hodgson

10 February 2018 00:51:05 GMTPlus11

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has rubbished the suggestion his team are entirely reliant on Wilfried Zaha as they look for a rare win without the winger.

The Eagles head to Everton on Saturday hoping to pick up their first victory in three matches having slipped down the Premier League ladder recently.

The south Londoner's survival hopes were dealt a blow this week when it was confirmed Zaha would be missing for the next month due to a knee injury.

The Ivory Coast international has been instrumental in Palace's revival under Hodgson and the stats suggest he will be badly missed, the Eagles having not won a league match without him since September 2016.

Hodgson is convinced his team will not allow their lack of success without Zaha to enter their thinking when they clash with former boss Sam Allardyce's current team, calling their poor form without him an “anomaly”.

"It won't because we don't look at those kind of statistics," he said. "Sometimes I'm amused by them, sometimes surprised, in this case dismayed.

"But it makes no difference. We go into each game believing we have the capability of winning it.

"It's an anomaly, that's for sure. But let's make certain in the next period that we put that statistic to bed."

Saha's injury has only further depleted Hodgson's options with nine senior players currently in the treatment room.

The ex-England boss admits it is the worse injury crisis he has known and is desperate to have Zaha and others back available as soon as possible.

"This is a very serious injury crisis we're suffering from. Quite frankly, I can't remember having this many injured at my previous clubs," he added.

Palace are 4.00 to end a six-game winless run against Everton, who are 2.10 to come out on top on Saturday. The draw is 3.30.

The Eagles are 1001.00 to be relegated this season.

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