Everton Starts Our Season Run In
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that our season run in starts early this season and he wants three points from Everton this weekend.
With a poor start to the campaign and ongoing injury issues hampering our efforts to find some real momentum, Hodgson told Crystal Palace FC as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, that he wanted us to finish on a high so even though there are 12 games left he wants the squad to develop an 'end of season run in' mentality this weekend.
'It is an early run in but it is certainly a run in and there is no question of that and there are so many teams involved like ourselves in that battle to avoid relegation. I think there will be a lot of twists and turns during this period and the final run in could become very exciting if there are so many teams still involved.'
Clearly Hodgson has identified a run of victories as being key to ending the season with something to smile about.
'It`s about having the ability to win two matches in a row because that lifts you enormously up the table so eases a lot of the pressure. Everyone is going to be looking to do that but the only thing is that wins are hard to find if you are not one of the top teams in this league and getting them back to back is even harder.'
One thing that can't be argued is the turn around that has taken place under the England manager when you compare where Palace were when he took over to where we find ourselves now, but the battle certainly isn't over and the gaffer is aware of that.
'It`s been a grind to try and improve our play from the very first moment, it didn`t work in the first three games because four defeats became seven but now in the last 19 games I think we have been fairly consistent. We have had spells where we have won, drawn and lost and to pick up 27 points from those 19 games I think we have worked quite hard to get them but we need to try and keep up that kind of points tally in terms of average points per game in the final 12.'
This weekend's trip to Goodison Park does see us face off against former manager Sam Allardyce who left his role at Selhurst Park to retire and Hodgson does feel Everton are better placed than we are, so three points would go a long way towards addressing that.
'He is in a better situation than us because his team has got four more points and that`s a large number and even though it doesn`t sound much when you are at the bottom of the table it takes you quite a few games to assemble four points so he is in a much better situation in that respect and of course he has a much larger squad of players so we are in a less fortunate situation in terms of our personnel at the moment but I think we are like them believing that we have the wherewithal to get ourselves out of the relegation battle and at least survive in the league.'