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Hodgson wants Palace show


Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson


Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is pleased to be taking Crystal Palace to face Tottenham in the first game at their new stadium - but does not believe his side will gain any advantage on the night.

Spurs will finally open their 62,000-seater home tonight having initially been due to take residence at the start of this season. Instead, Mauricio Pochettino's side have been waiting to relocate from their temporary Wembley home and, after two successful test events, they can now move in.

Palace are the first visitors as they take on a Tottenham team without a Premier League win since February 10 and in danger of dropping out of the top four.

But, while Hodgson is happy for his side to play a part in a historic first game, he refuted suggestions playing in unfamiliar surroundings will benefit the visitors. "It is going to be an extremely good occasion," he said on the eve of the clash.

"I am really happy that it has fallen our way, that we happen to be the team that Tottenham are playing on the day.

"Whether it turns out to be advantageous in any way we just have to wait and see. I somewhat doubt it. I think Tottenham will be so anxious to do so well that we are going to see the very, very best Tottenham that you can see.

"So we will have to be the best Palace we can be to give them the sort of game we need to give them if we are going to get any points from it."

The 71-year-old added: "The opening of the new stadium, how they had to wait as long as they have and the stadium being so unbelievably well-received by everyone as it has been, that does add that little bit of pressure. But I would be very surprised if Mauricio isn't making the point that all Premier League matches give you pressure."