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Hodgson - No Run of Fixtures is Ever Easy

30 November 2018

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson commented on his side's forthcoming fixtures following a testing few games.

He remarked that, while Palace may have faced a string of tough fixtures against top-six clubs, no run of top-flight matches could ever be considered easy.

He said, "We don't go into a game thinking, 'this is a game we’re favourites in'. We go in thinking, 'this is a game we’ve got a chance to win and we have to do our utmost to get the points and to win'. If the players think we have an easy run because we had a hard run before, then we are in massive trouble. 

"You're going to play 38 times and 19 other teams home and away and each time you play those teams, there will be a different set of circumstances prevailing."

Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Hodgson highlighted that Burnley are a strong, difficult team to play despite what their current league form may suggest.

"Burnley are organised and strong, [and] I would put this particular moment in the season down to the haphazard nature of football. I wouldn’t put it down to them being weak or vulnerable in terms of their defending. I would put it down to the nature of football, which throws up these facts."

He added, "Burnley had a wonderful season last year, getting into Europe, and Sean Dyche is doing an excellent job at his club."

Turning his attention back to Palace, Hodgson said, "We need to keep making certain we don’t concede. And with the great home support we get, and the encouragement and support and faith and belief as well that Palace fans have in their club and their team, I will always believe that home games give us a great opportunity to win games."

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