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Hodgson Praises Doncaster and States Intentions for the FA Cup

16 February 2019

Before Crystal Palace travel north to face high-flying League One side Doncaster Rovers, Eagles manager Roy Hodgson spoke in his pre-match press conference to warn against complacency facing the Rovers and remarked upon how strong a side they are under manager Grant McCann.

Looking ahead to the game at the Keepmoat Stadium, Hodgson said: "I’m expecting a big challenge. They’re doing very well at the moment and we’ve got a lot of respect for them. We’ve watched the videos of their team play and been impressed, and of course they’re on a good run of results as well.

"It’s not going to be an easy one by any stretch of the imagination and we’ve seen so many examples of that already. Doncaster are a team that’s on the verge of the Championship so we’re preparing for a real tough one."

Having finished in 15th last season, Doncaster currently sit 6th in League One under the stewardship of manager McCann who, having taken over in June last year, has overseen a turnaround in form and fortune for the Yorkshire side.

Hodgson took a moment to praise McCann and his achievements, saying: "I have a vague memory of him as a player at Peterborough. I don't remember much of his playing background but that's not saying much because I don't remember much about a lot of players and their playing background!

"I know he's doing a fantastic job there. I know his CV, I know the 500-odd league games he's had which is a fine achievement and very many of them were of course at Doncaster. He's very much a man of the people up there and he's doing a good job.

"I've watched the team play and I'm impressed by what I see. I'm pretty sure he'll make it his business to ensure that the team that plays against us on Sunday will be very well prepared, they'll be playing the right type of football; the football he wants them to play. And if we're going to get a result up there, we'll have to be at our very best."

And turning his attention back to Palace, Hodsgon reflected on the FA Cup and what it means to the club, remarking that, while league form is a priority, the tournament is significant for the Eagles and that this round will give them a good chance to succeed in it.

"I can’t deny that doing well in the Premier League is absolutely our main goal," he said. "But the FA Cup is a good competition to be in if you’re lucky enough to be to progress as we have so far. There’s a week between us playing here and the next league game so it comes in a better position if you like in terms of our schedule as the last one did."

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