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Roy Hodgson has 'faith' in Crystal Palace survival despite struggles

Roy Hodgson has 'faith' in Crystal Palace survival despite struggles
From ESPN - September 17, 2017

Roy Hodgson says he has an "awful lot" to do at Crystal Palace but is confident things will turn around.

Palace's start to the Premier League campaign could scarcely have been worse, having failed to muster a single goal on their way to five straight defeats.

No top-flight side has ever managed that before in English football and Palace are the first team to fail to score in any of their first five Premier League games.

Frank de Boer was in charge for the first four of those losses, with Hodgson overseeing Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Southampton as life in the Selhurst Park hotseat got off to a difficult start.

Asked if this is one of the toughest job tasks he has faced, Hodgson said: "At the moment, no, because I feel very good about being here and that the players are very much in support and will be in support, the chairman and the board are in support and we all want the same thing.

"We all realise that we have to do an awful lot to get that thing that we want. So, of course, it is a challenge and it is tough, but what is not?

"There are no dream jobs where you walk in, put your tracksuit on, and suddenly it materialises and goes well. You have to work for these things.

"I am happy that I have got the chance to work for these things, I accept it will be tough from time to time or more, and I look forward to the day we see signs of improvement and start to pick up points as I believe that is what we are going to do. I have faith."

Hodgson oversaw one of the greatest escapes in Premier League history with Fulham in 2007-08.

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