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Monday 15 October 2018

Roy regrets rotation

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: Reuters
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: Reuters

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson will not face a selection headache for Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash against fellow strugglers West Ham.

Hodgson had hoped players would seize their chance after making 10 changes for the League Cup appointment with Championship side Bristol City.

But the decision back-fired spectacularly as the Eagles suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat at Ashton Gate, compounding a miserable opening two months of the season that has seen them win just one league game.

After beating Chelsea, then being edged out 1-0 by Newcastle, Hodgson opted to look at players he thought could apply first-team pressure.

“It was an opportunity for them to knock on the door of the first team and threaten the places of the team I have played in the last two games,” Hodgson said.

“So I am bitterly disappointed that didn’t work out because there were very few performances that made me think I was picking the wrong team.

“For the 10 players at home, it is anything other than a setback. It just cements their place in the team and cements the fact I am choosing the right team at the moment. It is a massive setback for one or two players out there.”

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