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Sport Palace boss Hodgson still focused on survival

00:05  14 january  2018
00:05  14 january  2018 Source:   goal.com

City no more special than United, Arsenal and Chelsea – Hodgson

  City no more special than United, Arsenal and Chelsea – Hodgson Roy Hodgson played down Manchester City's exploits as he highlighted Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.Manchester City are no different to the dominant sides of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in years gone by, according to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

Crystal Palace are up to 12th place after beating Burnley 1-0, but Premier League survival is still Roy Hodgson 's only concern. But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has eyes for steering

Crystal Palace are up to 12th place after beating Burnley 1-0, but Premier League survival is still Roy Hodgson 's only concern. But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has eyes for steering

RoyHodgson - cropped: Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson © Provided by Goal Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is refusing to get carried away by Crystal Palace scaling the lofty heights of 12th in the Premier League after their revival continued with a 1-0 win over Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Bakary Sako shone in a rampant attacking performance during the opening half hour, when he scored the decisive goal, before an injury-ravaged Palace defence repelled a robust Burnley response in the closing stages.

Defeat by the same scoreline at Turf Moor brought an end to Frank de Boer's brief Palace tenure and the subsequent hangover meant a rocky start to Hodgson's reign.

City no more special than United, Arsenal and Chelsea – Hodgson

  City no more special than United, Arsenal and Chelsea – Hodgson Roy Hodgson played down Manchester City's exploits as he highlighted Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.Manchester City are no different to the dominant sides of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in years gone by, according to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

Crystal Palace are up to 12th place after beating Burnley 1-0, but Premier League survival is still Roy Hodgson 's only concern. But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has eyes for steering

Crystal Palace are up to 12th place after beating Burnley 1-0, but Premier League survival is still Roy Hodgson 's only concern. Published. But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has

But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has eyes for steering clear of a relegation zone his side are now five points above.

"It changes quickly, doesn't it?" Hodgson told a post-match news conference. "I think you have to be very careful of those statistics and certainly I have no desire to start celebrating in the middle of January.

"The only thing that interests me, and I've said it right from the start, is where we are on the final day of May.

"The only thing that interests me is being one place about the relegation zone and anything else would be a huge bonus, especially after being four games and four defeats with no goals when I came.

Crystal Palace duo Dann and Puncheon out for season with cruciate ligament injuries

  Crystal Palace duo Dann and Puncheon out for season with cruciate ligament injuries Roy Hodgson confirmed the club's captain and vice-captain will both miss the remainder of the campaign and could be out for part of next ternCrystal Palace duo Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann will miss the rest of the season with "very serious" cruciate knee ligament injuries.

Crystal Palace are up to 12th place after beating Burnley 1-0, but Premier League survival is still Roy Hodgson 's only concern. But the Eagles have only lost once in their past 12 league games under the veteran former England boss who, given the predicament he inherited, still only has eyes for steering

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"I soon added three games to that so it became seven games with no defeats and no goals. At that stage things were looking very, very bleak.

"It's nice now that it's not so bleak and we should enjoy that.

"But there's going to be lots more games like the one today where you think you do more than enough to merit the three points but you have to suffer during the second half."

Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes came closest to finding the equaliser for Burnley, one their manager Sean Dyche believed they merited.

"I don't change the record – the margins were tight early season when we were winning a lot of games and the margins are tight now," said Dyche after his seventh-placed team made it six Premier League games without a win.

"I still think we've moved a long way from where we were last season, particularly away from home because in the second half we've really taken that game on.

"Arguably we probably deserved to scratch something out of the game."

Erdal Rakip set to join Palace on loan .
Crystal Palace are set to complete the loan signing of Benfica midfielder Erdal Rakip. The Daily Mail reports that the player has undergone a medical at Palace over the weekend with a deal to be announced shortly. Rakip only joined Benfica earlier this month when his contract at Swedish side Malmo expired. The 21-year-old can play as a central midfielder or on the right. He had scored eight in 27 appearances for Malmo in the Allsvenskan earlier this season. Current Palace boss Roy Hodgson is looking to bolster his squad to pull the Eagles away from the relegation zone. Hodgson has done his research on Rakip and has been in touch with his former side Malmo regarding the player. The Palace boss is hoping for a busy month with a deal to sign Polish defender Jaroslaw Jach also expected to be completed. After a defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, Palace currently sit 13th in the Premier League, four points above the drop zone.

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