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Hodgson - The Players are Desperate to Give a Good Performance on Saturday

6 December 2018

Roy Hodgson has spoken in his weekly press conference today, looking ahead to Crystal Palace's league match away to West Ham United this Saturday.

The Eagles have only lost once in the past 15 years away to the Hammers, and Hodgson reflected on a midweek loss to Brighton while looking forward as well.

He said, "Nothing we can do or say now can affect anything, we've just got to make certain we can affect going forward. We have to make sure we get a result at West Ham.

"It’s a derby, a London derby. A team close to us, a team we enjoy playing and respect enormously. I think always after defeat most teams won’t feel good about what’s just gone and they’ll want to feel good again. You don’t want defeat to happen again. But West Ham want to win as well, and West Ham have a good team."

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6 December 2018

And, despite playing on the back of Tuesday's loss, Hodgson seemed confident in his team's ability to play, but warned further against the test that Saturday's host will provide.

"Our performance on Tuesday night didn't satisfy us but others have and I'm pretty sure that the performance on Saturday will satisfy me because the players are desperate to give that performance.

"The quality of their players is good. For us, away from home, this is one of those games where you know if you’re going to get something from the game, you've got to be good."

He added, encouragingly, "We’re luckier than West Ham, we don’t have any injuries to report. I have the same squad to choose from as I did from the past two games. So unless anything happens tomorrow, which I hope it won't, I'll have those squads to pick from."

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