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Hodgson Defends His Team Going Into Wolves Game

2 January 2019

Roy Hodgson spoke after Crystal Palace's loss to Chelsea on Sunday looking ahead to his side's game away to Wolverhampton Wanderers and defended his team as they ended 2018 in preparation for the New Year.

The Eagles finished the year with defeat but had certainly found a good vein of form in December and, by the end of it, had concluded 2018 with three wins and a draw from seven matches, scoring nine goals in the process.

Looking back over the month and season overall, Hodgson explained that his side has improved from the last campaign in many regards, stating, "We’ve had far more goal-scoring opportunities, far more possession, far more chances on goal, but we haven’t converted."

And when confronted further with Palace's sporadically problematic difficulties going forward in this season, the Croydon-born manager stood firmly by his squad.

He said, "You look at all the teams around us in the area of the table that we are and we’re all pretty much in that situation [struggling for goals]. As far as I know, there’s not one team in the bottom seven or eight that has a good record in front of goal, that are scoring in front of goal.

"One or two may have scored more than us but we’re all pretty much in the same ballpark. And the fact that we have the best goal difference of those teams is down to the fact that’s we haven’t conceded many, so that’s why we’re on minus nine and the next best team around us has minus twelve. 

"The players that have been working here deserve a lot of credit."

Turning his attention to the squad available to him for Wednesday's first clash of 2019, the manager could only say that forward Christian Benteke would remain sidelined.

Palace travel to the Midlands for a 19.45 kick-off looking to build on three wins from their past five matches with Wolves and you can listen to full commentary of it live via Palace Audio.

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