Picture the scene, Crystal Palace has played 7 games and have scored 0 goals and have lost all of their games in the 2017/2018 Premier League season.
They look doomed and already had sacked a manager in Frank de Boer and Roy Hodgson had only had three games in charge and the season is not even in October yet.
Hodgson said after their latest drubbing to Manchester United in the Premier League,
“It was like a boxer fighting in a class he’s not able to handle.” That metaphor told everything that Hodgson felt about Palace in the current predicament and about their current run of form.
But their next game was the champions Chelsea. Palace were not given a chance and many felt another heavy defeat was on the cards.
They stunned the champions with a 2-1 win and that saw them claim their first three points and also score for the first time to this season.
Since November, Palace have shown plenty of fight and look a decent side under Hodgson much different to the one the former England manager inherited from Frank de Boer.
Palace have looked very strong going forward and players like Zaha, Milivojevic and Benteke have emerged as star players for the club in their battle for survival.
Hodgson’s record at Palace is a good one. His record stands in all competitions at 8 wins, 7 draws and 8 defeats.
Hodgson has made Palace a lot better on the road. They hadn’t scored away before they played in form Leicester on December 16th. Palace produced a masterclass and won 0-3 to give them their first goals away and their first away win.
The 70 year old described keeping Palace up, ‘His greatest achievement in his club managerial career.’
The team under de Boer tried to play a way that wasn’t familiar to them as he tried to integrate his way of playing which ultimately led to his downfall.
Palace last few seasons in the Premier League under Pardew and Allardyce played the same way and the team only had one way of playing.
To Hodgson’s credit he has gone back to the old way Palace play, but also he has got the team more dangerous on the counter attack.
Zaha, Townsend and Benteke have been more threatening when going forward home and away and have caused big issues to some teams.
The revival is well and truly going strong for Palace.