Roy Hodgson can’t catch a break, can he?
Just when it looked he had primed Crystal Palace for a charge towards the top-half, the upset against bitter rivals Brighton and Hove Albion dimmed their hopes. Over the season, Selhurst Park has only played host to a home victory three times in the league, with the vocal support being unable to rally on their troops.
Their disappointing results at home have pointed out different flaws each and every time. The Eagles had been lacklustre defensively, showcased once again with James Tomkins horrible work leading up to Glen Murray’s opener. The lack of reliable defenders and a goalkeeper who can win them points have come back to bite them
Yet it’s a clinical goal-scorer like Murray, who even at this age guarantees 10+ goals a season, which Palace are missing at home. Despite dominating chunks of possession, they just couldn’t convert the chances into goals and were left frustrated once again. It almost seems like rejuvenating the side after going behind is too difficult a task.
While Palace’s away form’s been commendable, the fact that they’ve only won 3 out of 15 league games and scored 11 goals shows a lack of confidence. Perhaps the pressure of having to entertain the home fans is making them uncomfortable. Or maybe their all-out approach often works to the opponent’s advantage.
Whatever it is, Hodgson quickly needs to find that perfect balance to improve Palace’s home-record. If not, the Eagles will not be able to move into the top-half anytime soon.
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