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Hodgson - We've Got to Believe in Ourselves

28 December 2018

Roy Hodgson has spoken in his pre-match press conference today about how his side will aim to tackle Sunday's match with Chelsea and also reflected on a famous 2-1 home victory in the same fixture last season.

He started by offering a brief tactical overview of how Palace will look to regard the game and suggested that his side will have to create clearer-cut chances in the match than what they managed in the last home fixture against Cardiff City.

Hodgson explained, "I'm expecting the game to be a little bit more open, in terms of we're expecting Chelsea to attack us without ceasing when they have the ball. If we can defend well enough, it will give us space to play and maybe the chances will be that much more obvious if you like, or more evident."

Going into the match, both fans and players alike will no doubt have at the back of their minds a game from October 2017 in which Crystal Palace picked up not only their first points of the campaign but their first goals, too, as the Eagles ran-out 2-1 victors after eight Premier League matches.

Casting his memory back, Hodgson recalled, "It was very, very important because it was the eighth game and we’d had seven straight losses. Strangely enough, in the three losses that followed the initial four losses when I came into the club, we still felt that we were making some progress.

"We thought we were on the right track and then against Chelsea a little bit of fortune came our way, especially with the first goal. A little bit of fortune came our way and I think it was a good moment. It was a spur for us, the spur which showed us that not only are we on the right track but that with a little bit of luck, we can win games and win them against the Champions of England."

Returning back to Sunday's match, though, Hodgson issued a reminder that no result can affect the outcome of Palace's last fixture of 2018 other than the one that shows at full-time.

"Unfortunately that was then and as I know only too well, winning a game last year is absolutely no use to you whatsoever in terms of winning the game the year after. They’re doing well in the league, they’re going to be a very tough ask for us because of the quality of their players and also the quality of their organisation and the size and strength of the club. But we’re in the Premier League to play the Chelseas of the world and we’ve got to believe in ourselves."

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