Hodgson - Palace Boosted Ahead Of City
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said he hopes the boost the players received following our victory over Huddersfield Town in the EFL Cup will have an effect against Manchester City this weekend when we face, but obviously it will be an incredibly tough game irrespective of our league form so far this year.
Speaking to Sky Sports as he met with the media to preview our next Premier League clash, Hodgson said victories always give players a boost of confidence and he's hoping it might be enough to take us to an unexpected point at least.
'I think all wins give you a boost. You can't underestimate the importance of that. But it's only one win and we need a lot more of them between now and then. Of course, it means we are in the next round of the Carabao Cup and that's what we set out to do.'
The 70 year old went on to say that he wasn't going to be setting a points total for Palace this year, it was very much a case of seeing how we go and he knows setting an expectation against Manchester City in particular would likely set us up to fail - especially with us facing Manchester United and Chelsea next - we just need to get them out the way, look for performances and take any bonuses that we can.
'I think it would be a foolish thing to do to set ourselves a points target as we are setting ourselves for failure that way. We all know how good those top the teams are. We know that it is going to be a tough ask for us but we just take each game as it comes and to try and do out best in that game and cause the opposition as many problems as you can. It would be pointless for me to try and give a points target. Our target is to try and play well at the Etihad. I'm being bombarded with statistics about how wonderful they are, but that doesn't phase me at all.'
One thing he wants to see the players do though is rise to the challenge of moving up the table, and the best way of doing that was to lose the fear and anxiety he knows the group have.
'I don't think you can ever say the pressure is off. We need wins, we need performances. The pressure will undoubtedly be there, but I think the one thing you need to remember when you are at the wrong end of the table and you're playing teams at the right end... is that this is why we are in the Premier League. We are here because we actually want to be playing and testing ourselves out in these arenas against this quality of opposition, so one shouldn't be worried, anxious or scared, about the challenge we've got ahead.'
'You should really be embracing that, but realistically we know that on paper they have a better chance perhaps of winning the game than we do. But it's on paper and the game isn't played on paper... so let's give it a go.'