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Hodgson Calls For Home Support And Backs Skipper

27 October 2018

Roy Hodgson has provided his view on Sunday's game at home to Arsenal during his weekly press conference, emphasising the importance of working hard and the atmosphere created at Selhurst Park.

The Crystal Palace manager stated that, “We can and we will [win home games] because the support we get from the Crystal Palace crowd at Selhurst Park is very, very important. The atmosphere is very congenital to us. It can help us play on the front foot and I'm hoping for that on Sunday.

"As a unit, Arsenal are playing extremely well. They're working very hard for each other, they're pressuring the ball very well. I don’t see any obvious weaknesses. It's going to be a question for us really of making certaing that we work hard to minimise their opportunities, to try and control them as well as we can. We saw Leicester City do that well in the first half of the last league game on Monday night.

"We can play evenly with them. There are no secrets, there are no words really that will enable us to get any points. It’s a question of what we do on the field, how hard working we can be, how organised as a team we can be and then creating enough chances and I'm hoping take some of them."

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Looking back at previous results, Hodgson reflected on recent matches and how Palace can move forward, starting on Sunday.

"We’ve played well enough [at home], certainly against Liverpool and Wolves. The way we play and what we did was sufficient to get points but we hadn’t taken them. We’ve got to keep working to make sure the chances are created and that we deny the opposition their chances to create.

"We have to do our level best to ensure that Arsenal don’t make [their run of 11 winning games reach] 12."

Hodgson also voiced his confidence in Palace captain, Luka Milivojević, and his penalty taking ability following his rare miss at Everton, saying: "Luka is our designated penalty taker. He scored so many penalties for us last season, I have confidence that if we get a penalty on Sunday he’ll score it."

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