As Roy Hodgson prepared for Saturday’s London derby against West Ham United he once again recognised the role that the home fans in the near sell-out crowd at Selhurst Park will play.
The team take the field in their second home game of October following their previous home victory against Chelsea and after that performance Hodgson spoke about the influence the fans had that afternoon and expects much the same for the visit of Slaven Bilic’s side to SE25.
“We know how important they are to us because they are very much a 12th man when we play at Selhurst Park
“We realise that the responsibility is totally ours if you want fans cheering you on and supporting you to the extent our fans will do, then we've got to give them something to cheer about, either in terms of performances or results. Ideally both."
The manager can never guarantee a result but comes into the game on the back of positive performances against Chelsea and Newcastle and has no doubts what his side will produce once the first whistle gets the game underway.
“I am confident that we won't let the fans down in any other way than the result. Our work rate will be first class. The players will be totally focused and concentrated on their jobs. They will be trying really, really hard to win every tackle, win every ball, make every pass count, and take every goal scoring opportunity. What result that will give I don't know. So the confidence is in the fact that the players will work hard to do what we are going to try and do. Only time will tell whether that will give us the result. That's why football is the game it is, no-one knows the result."