Hodgson refused to fall into delusions as Crystal Palace beat West Brom by two goals to one on March 13th, 2021. Subsequently, the English manager gave his side an eleven points gap from the Premier League’s relegation zone. Through the win, the Eagles maintain their position in the Premier League. But, Hodgson knows that more problems will surface as the last week of EPL approaches.
Hodgson has a scowl on his face that never seems to go. While he was talking to reporters after the game, it intensified further. In an interview on March 14th, 2021, he said, “We are not safe from the relegation zone just yet. We have nine games to play in the league, and I warned my players from showing complacency. We cannot the worst is over, the Premier League is unpredictable, and all the thirty-eight games need to be played with utmost seriousness.”
Hodgson and position on the points table he guided his teams to in the Premier League
Roy Hodgson took over at Selhurst Park on September 12th, 2017. In his debut season, Palace finished at the 11th position (where they are now). In the next two seasons, the position fluctuated to 12th and then 14th. So, Roy is right to worry for his team since they have never finished a strong position on the points table. However, Hodgson had achieved this task with Fulham in the 2008-09 season when he placed them at the seventh position. Similarly, Roy guided West Brom to a tenth place finish in the 2011-12 Premier League season. Coincidentally, the positions he guided the Cottagers and Hawthorns to were the highest they had ever been in the league.
On the other hand, he has made many blunders. In his time managing Liverpool, the seventy-three-year-old brought them to the verge of relegation. Nonetheless, the Englishman has one ability that he is known for, which is how he can miraculously save a team from the brink of relegation, no matter how dire a situation they are in.
Hence, he can help Crystal Palace avoid relegation and reach greater heights in the points table.
Hodson faces tough battle at Goodison Park
Ever since he became Palace’s manager, he has met Everton in battle seven times since November 18th, 2017. Unfortunately, he has not won a single fixture against the Toffees and recorded four losses and three draws. Roy faces Everton for the eighth time on April 3rd.
Things will not be any easier for Royson this time around, since Everton’s current manager is not someone who would go down easy and Palace have a huge task in front of them to overcome in their hopes to avoid relegation.
Hodgson may have helped many teams avoid relegation in the past, though this time, he has his work cut out for him. Roy should hope that Wilfred can score goals aplenty against the Merseyside Blues and give him the time he needs to lock his defense and keep them from conceding a goal.
It is impossible, but if anyone can do it, then that would be Hodgson.
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