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Sunday 18 November 2018

'Goals will come'- Hodgson

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson admits Crystal Palace's struggles in front of goal have affected the players' confidence but he feels there were encouraging signs in Sunday's 2-0 loss at Everton.

Palace have scored only five times in nine Premier League games this season and once in their last four following the result at Goodison Park, their third straight defeat.

Jordan Pickford saved Eagles captain Luka Milivojevic's 60th-minute penalty before substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun netted late on.

Palace boss Hodgson, whose side are two points above the relegation zone in 15th place, said when asked about the problems in front of goal: "Of course it does (affect confidence), there's no doubt about that.

"But having said that, we're coming to Everton, they're on the back of two very good results, and I thought for the best part not only did we defend well enough to stifle most of their efforts, I thought we also looked pretty dangerous going forward.

"If we can continue to do that, the goals will definitely come."

With them having won only two of the first nine, Palace's next four league fixtures see them face Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Hodgson said with regard to heading into that tough-looking schedule: "My mindset is that we'll continue to do what we've been doing.

"We'll continue to prepare as best we can to make certain the players know what they are going to come up against.

"We'll continue to work hard at the way we play to make certain we're as organised as we can possibly be."

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