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Townsend Discusses Hodgson, Watford and Fantasy Football

11 January 2019

Andros Townsend has had quite the run of form over recent weeks, notching up two Goal of the Month nominated strikes, the Premier League Goal of the Month and Palace's Player of the Month award for December.

Speaking with Premier League Productions before the Eagles host Watford this Saturday, he spoke on the recent few weeks as well as providing some insight into his relationship with the Palace manager, their opposition this week and the squad's competitive fantasy football league.

It was Roy Hodgson who first afforded Townsend the iconic blue cap earned by playing for England, and the manager and midfielder have worked together intermittently since.

Speaking on the former England boss, Townsend said, "Even before he joined Palace, he's a manager who'd always put his faith in me whether I was in the team at Spurs or out of the team, he'd always selected me for the England squads and given me game time. Nine times out of 10 I'd repay that faith.

"Coming here, he's been no different, it's just been on a daily basis. He's very hands on on the training pitch, he likes to do a lot of shape work. He likes to drill into your mind what you're going to face on a Saturday afternoon. It's working for us and long may that continue!"

Even with Hodgson at the helm, though, tomorrow's test with the Hornets will be a tough game for Palace, who lost 2-1 the last time they faced off with Javi Gracia's side.

Looking ahead to the match, Townsend remarked, "They've been playing really well. Even when we played them earlier this season, it was a tough match away from home. It's going to be a difficult game again, it's always a physical game when you play Watford. We have to be ready for it.

"At home, the last few games we've been playing well. The fans have been right behind us and up for it. Hopefully that can pull us to a victory."

Palace fans and the lights of Selhurst Park have both become part of Townsend's life in recent times, with the former Spurs player now having been in SE25 for two-and-a-half years.

Reflecting on his time with the Eagles, he said, "I've been here a few years now, I'm settled now. I've got a manager who trusts me and great teammates. I'm not looking to go anywhere else in a hurry, that's for sure."

Finishing up, Townsend turned his attention to something frustrating football fans across the country on a weekly basis. But it's not just fans who put themselves through the stresses of fantasy football, and Townsend offered some insight into life competing with fellow Premier League footballers in their own Palace league.

"It gets mentioned quite a bit, we have a mini league and it gets quite tasty between the boys and the staff. It's quite competitive. We're enjoying that.

"James McArthur is probably the one who takes it most seriously. He's always going on about his transfers, who he should put in and asking for advice and stuff like that. I'd be disappointed if he wasn't near the top near the end of the season.

"At the moment, in my team, I've got Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Tomkins and myself so those would be the three I'd recommend. I didn't pick myself at the start of the season, but when I went up front it made sense."

To watch the full interview with Townsend, head over to Palace TV now.

The Eagles will host Watford tomorrow as Townsend will lineup alongside the rest of the Palace squad hoping to record three consecutive victories for the first time this season. To purchase your ticket for the encounter, click here now.


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