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Hodgson Praises Attacking Options and Revival of Scoring Form

9 February 2019

Speaking in his pre-match press conference today, Roy Hodgson praised the ability of Crystal Palace's frontline and spoke about the impact of being able to rely upon a replete, talented set of players as attacking options.

He addressed the Eagles' previously hit-and-miss goalscoring abilities when the team had to operate with just one - or, at times, no - striker, but stated that his side's form in front of goal has improved markedly over recent weeks.

He said: "In the last few weeks, our goalscoring record has not been that bad at all. There was a period where we were [getting] 0-0s and maybe either winning 1-0 or losing 1-0 and we were a bit concerned that we weren't scoring enough goals from the opportunities we were creating, but I think we're addressing that, putting that right.

"It's good to have so many players now in a Crystal Palace shirt that I know can come onto the field and score a goal - hopefully even the winning goal."

One of those players is Palace's latest signing Michy Batshuayi, who, coming on late in the Eagles' win over Fulham, certainly made an impression on the Selhurst faithful when his thunderous shot at goal resulted in Jeffrey Schlupp netting the game's second effort.

Speaking on the Belgian striker and his arrival in SE25, Hodgson said: "He's very anxious to do well, there's no question of that. He's had to work hard to get where he is today so there's no one doubting his motivation and his desire. He's been very warmly embraced and has very, very quickly found his feet here.

"Of course he's lived in London before so it was a fairly easy move back for him. We're hoping that he'll do well - he's certainly had a good start. Especially when you come as a forward to a new club, if you can start by scoring or providing assists, it's the best possible start you can have.

"But there's a long way to go [in the season] and a lot of games to be played, [there will be] many a twist and turn between now and May but I'm just glad that we've got the number of players now and the competition for places which I think will serve us in good stead in terms of our goals going forward."

The Eagles will be looking to improve their goals tally this weekend when facing West Ham United at 15.00. If you haven't bought your place amongst the Selhurst atmosphere, click here now for tickets.


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