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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

´Nervous, frantic´ Crystal Palace leave Hodgson calling for confidence

´Nervous, frantic´ Crystal Palace leave Hodgson calling for confidence

And while Palace will surely show more faith in 70-year-old replacement Roy Hodgson, an experienced "safe pair of hands" appointed to guide the club through the mess rather than revolutionise their style of play, question marks will undoubtedly be asked if he too endured a hard start to life with the London club. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.

Hodgson, who was also approached when Sam Allardyce was appointed to succeed Alan Pardew at Palace in December, takes on his first managerial role since resigning from the England post after Euro 2016. Find out by following our live matchcast.

The result takes Southampton up to eight points from their opening five games, and Pellegrino believes it is key to keep picking up points and build-up the confidence among his players. I think we should have scored another goal but I am happy with the performance.

- Southampton have won four of their last five meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions, losing the other.

I found during my time playing under him at Fulham that we slowly changed some of the players and, in the end, they were all team players.

Hodgson's attitude is that individual players should sacrifice themselves for the good of the team.

Steven Davis
GETTYSaints captain Steven Davis scored the winner

The team can break down or become less effective if one player refuses, does not know what to do, or just does not do their job for whatever reason.

The atmosphere in the stands at Selhurst is usually among the best in the Premier League, though conceding in the sixth minute somewhat dampened the warm welcome for Hodgson.

The visitors were able to take advantage of some woeful Palace defending, Dusan Tadic getting in down the right and delivering a low cross which Wayne Hennessey palmed away, only for Davis to slot the ball in to an unguarded net having reacted quickest.

Writing his weekly column for Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Liverpool legend Jan Molby has said he understands the appointment, but pointed out it's not going to push the Selhurst Park club forward.

Sammy Lee and Ryland Morgans have left Crystal Palace.

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