Since taking over as Palace boss Roy Hodgson may have had to endure some difficult afternoons as he immediately faced matches against both Manchester clubs away from home with this weekend's visit of Chelsea on his mind to look forward to. Maybe not the best possible start to take the reins of a new club but there have been some positives along the way and one of those is the reaction he has had from the squad.
When asked on the eve of the London derby whether he believed his group of players were up for the fight the manager had no doubts about that being a quality his squad have in abundance.
"From the opening day I have never doubted that but our situation is to get better at what we want to do, at both ends of the field. We are able to work on that as a group day to day at the training ground.
"It’s been a good two weeks training but training isn’t matches, it’s matches that count. However good training is something that can be blown out of the water if the result doesn’t go your way on a Saturday," reflected Hodgson at the Beckenham Training Ground.
Roy is no stranger to the support that is shown from the stands at Selhurst Park and he is looking forward to repaying the Eagles fans for the way they have stuck by the squad in recent weeks.
"I know one thing and that is this weekend we will get good backing from our fans because they have been fantastic in this bad spell. We are desperate to give them something to really cheer about and we know the past is something we can do nothing about and we can hope we start to get some points on the board as soon as possible," stated Hodgson as he takes his side into his second home league encounter as Palace boss.