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Festive Fixture List Will Be "Very Hard," Says Hodgson

14 December 2017

Roy Hodgson has commented on Palace’s busy end of year fixture schedule, noting that the demand on the players will be great by time of Southampton away.

The Eagles face Swansea away just before Christmas, but have a few days off to recover before facing Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton in quick succession between 28th December and 2nd January.

“That’s just the way things go. I think it’s unfortunate if you’re one of the teams that gets moved for television and you only get one day of rest,” the manager said during his pre-Leicester press conference.

“I don’t know how many days rest Southampton will get before we play them. I think we’ve only got two days between when we play Arsenal and Man City, which is pretty much what everybody has, but then we’ve only got one day between our game against Man City and Southampton away - I find that harsh.

“But on the other hand I understand too that the television does play a big part in our lives in the Premier League, they pay a lot of money, and we do have to do these things,” he added.

“But if you were asking if I’m happy to play two very, very important matches – Man City at home and Southampton away – with one day in between then I can’t lie and sit here saying it’s perfectly fine because we’ll find it very hard.

“We find it hard with two days or three days in between matches, let alone one day. Particularly because we don’t have a very big squad. I know in the programme you see lots of names but if you really talk about the Premier League squad, the squad’s very small, especially now we’ve got injuries.”

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