Wilfried Zaha not the only vital component of Crystal Palace staying in the Premier League – Roy Hodgson’s importance shouldn’t be downplayed - football

Wilfried Zaha not the only vital component of Crystal Palace staying in the Premier League – Roy Hodgson’s importance shouldn’t be downplayed



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BY SAM SMITH AT SELHURST PARK
Last week it seemed the start of the Premier League season may arrive too early for Crystal Palace. The bulk of their transfer business coincided with the final few days of the transfer window and Roy Hodgson navigated through pre-season with a squad depleted by injuries and unavailability.
Had the Eagles been offered a goalless opening-day draw against the heavy-spending Everton after Hertha Berlin dispatched them 4-0 at Selhurst Park the weekend prior, they would have accepted it.
It appeared a risk for Hodgson to start the same 11 who were so convincingly beaten by the Bundesliga outfit. Perhaps it was a move made out of necessity, with none of his injured players recovering in time to purely make up the numbers, but the performance that day was so poor that at least a couple of tweaks seemed inevitable.
But Hodgson, backed by his 43 years in football management, knows far better than this reporter, who has not even been alive for half the time the 72-year-old has been coaching.
In all those years, from England to Scandinavia to Italy, from Switzerland to Finland before returning to his hometown club almost two years ago, he has amassed the experience that has been so evidential this summer.

He correctly called out the lack of transfer activity after a Palace XI were thrashed 6-2 by Barnet last month. But for the rest of pre-season he continued to work with his limited resources with no angst.
The Eagles have sin...
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