No happy start for Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace misery continues

Hodgson at the Palace

Roy Hodgson felt Crystal Palace were lacking in self-belief as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in his first game in charge.

Hodgson took over from the sacked Frank de Boer earlier in the week but saw his side sunk by an early Steven Davis strike at Selhurst Park.

But replacing the sacked Frank de Boer at Palace doesn't look like being an easy comeback gig judging by their struggles in losing a fifth straight game in the Premier League with Davis converting the victor from close range.

ROY HODGSON suffered a nightmare start to his Crystal Palace reign - with Steven Davis netting the victor just six minutes into his first game.

"I suppose when I was a child, my dreams were playing for the club", Hodgson said on Friday at Palace's Beckenham training ground.

"It's a good team that started the season poorly".

"I thought in the first half we were very nervous, people didn't show any real confidence on the ball at all".

Hodgson at the Palace

Crystal Palace are without a goal in 450 minutes this season, the longest ever run from the start of a Premier League campaign.

Hodgson recognised he will never fully escape the shadow of England, but Palace is what he cares about now: "I believe the team will stay up, absolutely".

Asked whether it would be his last job in management, Hodgson said: "I'll let time and results be the judge of that". I would rather watch Palace games from the past and concentrate on that.

"I don't look at four matches, I'm looking at 34 matches", Hodgson, the second oldest active manager in English football's top four divisions, said. I'm focused on the next one: "Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace". "I think we changed the team around and the young, exciting team you see today is the team I was putting together".

Roy Hodgson wasn't much liked at Liverpool. De Boer was relieved of his duties after he lost all four of the club's opening four Premier League games without scoring a single goal.

"I'm certain we will pull away from the mire and I'm very confident the players we have here will help us achieve our goal, which is to make certain we don't get relegated".

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