Crystal Palace manager offers his view on their Premier League survival

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has claimed he thinks his side can stay in the Premier League, and that they can certainly manage to get enough points in their next five games to ensure that.

He also noted that the team have plenty of confidence and that they have been unlucky – and it’s hard not to be disappointed when things don’t go their way and they miss out on points, but that being positive is the key.

“If we can continue to play like that for the next five games we have to believe we can take enough points,” said the Palace manager.

“I have confidence in the team and the team showed they have confidence in themselves. But it’s going to be a dogfight with all the teams down there and basically it can boil down to the fact that you score some lucky goals or survive some really hairy escapes.

“We’re disappointed. We’ve played very well and it’s frustrating, not just from my point of view but the team’s point of view as well that they couldn’t hold on to the lead on two occasions.

“We certainly created enough chances to put the game to bed but we didn’t take them and you are always liable from a corner or a free-kick or something late in the game to concede and that’s what happened.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chances

There will be plenty of chances for Palace in their next five games, with the London side set to play Brighton, Watford, Leicester, Stoke and West Brom – and given the latter two are close to Palace in the table, they will not only have the chance to build up their point tally but they will be able to take some from their direct rivals to boot – and that of course will be essential to their survival.

 

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