Fulham experience means Hodgson will not panic at Palace

Doug Mendoza
September 21, 2017

Roy Hodgson secured his first victory as Crystal Palace manager as they beat Premier League rivals Huddersfield in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Bakary Sako scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute, as Huddersfield had chances to equalise in the second half but Palace held on to the win.

And it could be much worse for Palace, who face Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the league over the coming weeks.

"It's going to be a longish and hard process".

Roy Hodgson confirmed that £26m summer signing Mamadou Sakho would be in contention for a spot in the Crystal Palace squad that will travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, according to the Croydon Advertiser. What is Hodgson going to try here?

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"The players will understand, like the fans do, that you don't fix the kind of damage we've suffered overnight", he told reporters after the match. "We've still got a lot of work to do, but it'd be churlish not to praise the players".

"He could do [start at City on Saturday]", Hodsgon said when asked if Sakho would make the trip to Manchester.

The German coach admitted his side had let themselves down in the first half at Selhurst Park as they fell behind and, even though they were much improved after the break, they couldn't get back into the tie.

Pape Souare says he was touched by Crystal Palace fans' reaction to his return to first-team football following a year out with a career-threatening injury.

"We just have to keep training him, getting him some more games, so he comes back to the player he was before the horrific accident".

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