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Hodgson: We Need To Believe

20 October 2017

Roy Hodgson leads his side into his fifth Premier League game as Palace manager at Newcastle this weekend looking to build on the performance against Chelsea.

A brave performance against Chelsea gave the Eagles a welcome boost of three points and the boss was impressed to see his squad take their work from the training ground into a match as they showed their quality in a 2-1 victory in front of their own fans at Selhurst Park. 

"I think after the performance last week the players should be feeling much more confident about their ability to do the type of things we are all agreeing we want them to do in the training sessions because they have transferred that to a match situation and showed that they can do it and, what's more, do it against the champions of England.

"I would like to think that they will be believing now that they can produce the type of performances which can help them climb up the table. They need to show as individuals they understand their role in the team and that they are confident they can perform."

Emotions of all involved in the game are based on the outcome of the previous match but Hodgson is keen to ensure that the players mood, depending on results, is not one that hits different levels at the training ground.

"Football is about victories and defeats. It's a constant succession of parties and funerals. That’s what it is and is never going to change. You have to be careful to try, as a coach or manager, to even those things out a little bit and not allow people to think every defeat is some sort of funeral atmosphere and every time you win it is euphoria. We've got to get somewhere in between those two things.

"It is of course much nicer when you have a win, people have a nicer weekend and come into training with a smile on their face looking forward to the work and sometimes when they don’t have that victory behind them they need lifting up but the important part of any coaches work is to make some sort of balance to the whole thing and that we keep in mind the crucial factor which, in my opinion, is unless you work hard at your game everyday there won't be good moments so the happier times prove to the players that their work is paying off." 

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