Hodgson - I'm Getting A Reaction
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said he's getting a good reaction from the players following his appointment as gaffer but we are still playing catch up given the poor start to the campaign in 2017/18.
Sitting in 18th place in the table despite being on a four game unbeaten run, a return of ten points from eleven games is certainly a positive change in form following Palace going into history as the first team to lose the first seven matches without scoring, but Hodgson knows plenty more is still required and he's hoping to strengthen the group in the January window.
Speaking to Sky Sports this week the gaffer admitted that it was about consistency now as he knows ten points from our opening seven matches would see us comfortably midtable and that has to continue to be the aim.
'If we'd have got the same number of points from the first seven games, we'd have been middle of the table which at the moment would be an area we'd be more than comfortable to be in. But we are playing catch up. We have shot ourselves in the foot. When you take no points from seven games, you don't even score a goal and you've got a minus 15 goal difference, what you're saying is, we've cut our season down by a fifth and now you've got to work really hard in the other 80 per cent of the season left to get those points back somehow.'
Hodgson went on to say about our more recent form.
'I think we're clawing away, we're working very hard and I can't ask any more of what I'm getting from the players, they're giving their absolute all to try and get points wherever we can and if we can keep that up and guarantee me those performances for the next 23 games, I will be feeling quite confident.'
Asked the question about January transfer dealings, Hodgson was confident he'd have a pot to play with and that he'd be able to improve the overall strength of the group.
'Yes, of course. The more money they can give me to spend the happier I shall be because you would hope the more money you have the better the quality the player you'll have. But that's not an exact science. If ever you want a science where risk is at the highest possible level it's spending money on transfers to buy football players and pay them wages and hoping that you're going to see scientifically that you got value for your money.'