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Sport Hodgson admits competition is restricting Kouyate's game time

17:55  14 september  2018
17:55  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Hodgson full of praise for Ayew after win over Huddersfield

  Hodgson full of praise for Ayew after win over Huddersfield Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has showered plenty of praise on Jordan Ayew after his impressive performance against Huddersfield Town, according to a report on Football Ghana. The striker played the entire match and played a key role in helping the Eagles secure a 1-0 away victory. Ayew was given his chance as Christian Benteke missed the match due to an injury and he linked very well with Wilfried Zaha. The summer signing provided the assist for Zaha’s remarkable goal but Hodgson was pleased with his overall input on Saturday afternoon. He said: “If we’re going to have the season we would like to have, you need quality players and when they’re not playing you miss them.” “I thought today we were fortunate to also play Jordan Ayew at centre-forward and bring Cheikhou Kouyate into the team.” “That served us well today and their work-rate, aggression and determination meant we were able to control large swathes of the game and keep the ball out of our box.” Ayew joined the Eagles from Championship side Swansea City and has been patiently waiting to be given more minutes in the Premier League. With Benteke ruled out, Ayew will be hoping to continue to leave a positive impression on his manager.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that summer signing Cheikhou Kouyate isn’t getting enough playing time because of the amount of competition for a starting spot, according to a report on Goal.

The 28-year-old left West Ham United to join the Eagles in the summer transfer window but has found it difficult to break into the starting lineup.

The Senegal international midfielder has only played 20 minutes in the Premier League this season and Hodgson believes it’s because there’s a lot of competition for places in his side.

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The manager said:

Hodgson admits there's still room for improvement for Palace

  Hodgson admits there's still room for improvement for Palace Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that there is still room for improvement for his side despite their impressive victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, according to a report on Football London. Palace secured a 1-0 away victory thanks to a brilliant solo effort from Wilfried Zaha. For the majority of the match, the Eagles were solid in every area of the pitch and showed high levels of energy to put pressure on the Terriers. Hodgson admitted that the team has come a long way since he took over and he is pleased with the progression, but he knows that the players can push themselves even further. He said: “It’s nice, it’s nice to be at Crystal Palace. It’s really good to work with the group of players who are an excellent group to work with and it’s good to see that we are progressing in my opinion.” “We’ve got a lot more progression to come, don’t forget [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is just 10 or 11 league games maybe [as a pro]. Patrick van Aanholt was fantastic at the end of last season but still with his qualities a margin for progression.” “We’ve still got to see if Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer and these guys can help us out, so there’s a lot to look forward to and it’s a much nicer position to be in after five games this year than it was last season that’s for sure.” The Eagles have two wins from their opening five Premier League matches this season and they will be hoping for another three points when they host struggling Newcastle United next.

“Both Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate are players that we have brought in, as well as Jordan Ayew who made his first-team debut from the start against Southampton, and we have been very happy with all three of them.”

“Max and Cheik are in my opinion ready at any moment to go in, but up to now, the other players who have kept them out have done a good job so the competition is very healthy.”

“Everyone knows that the positions are contested now, and if you want to keep your place in the team then you have to perform every week.”

James McArthur and Luca Milivojevic have held down their starting positions well so far this season so Kouyate must prove to Hodgson that he is worthy of taking their place.

Palace visit Huddersfield Town tomorrow and Kouyate will be hoping to get some more minutes in the league.

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Hodgson claims officials can '100 per cent' be trusted to protect Zaha .
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes that Premier League referees can “100 per cent” be trusted to protect Eagles star man Wilfried Zaha from rough treatment. Zaha, Palace’s talisman, has frequently complained of being treated unfairly this season, with the player complaining that he is being targeted by other teams, which with a reputation for diving that still hands over his head, doesn’t make for a fair playing field for the Ivory Coast international. Last month Zaha even complained that it appeared he would have to get his leg broken before anyone would be sent off for a harsh challenge on him, a comment that sparked debate. However, Hodgson believes that Palace have now washed their hands of the complaint, and that officials can now be relied on to make the right decisions. This comes off of the back of Watford striker Troy Deeney openly admitting that his team devised a plan to ‘kick’ Zaha in a way that would prevent any of them being sent off. When asked whether he was concerned about the Zaha situation going forward, as quoted by Sky Sports, Hodgson said: “I think I am concerned for him but I am concerned for all players.” “We, as coaches and managers, don’t want to see the best players in the league, the most exciting and entertaining, in any way kicked out of a game or intimidated.” “I think I speak for the bulk of my colleagues when I say that as well.” “What happened and what was said is water under the bridge – we don’t allude to it or talk about it at all.

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