Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has looked ahead to tomorrow's game against Huddersfield Town in his pre-match press conference today, suggesting that despite the Eagles' relative poor luck at Selhurst Park of late, his side still hold an advantage in SE25 due to their renowned support.
He stressed the significance of tomorrow's clash, saying: "It's very important because it's one of four home games and we haven't got enough points yet to ensure we're safe from relegation. Home games are the games one is normally expected to do well in. We still don't think winning away is our best chance at getting points, our best chance is at home because our fans give us such an advantage."
But with two losses back-to-back in recent fixtures, the Eagles will be keenly looking to regain the form they exhibited slightly earlier in the year - starting with a win tomorrow.
So when asked as to whether recent losses make the match with the Terriers all the more significant, Hodgson remarked that: "We'll have needed a win whatever. We've had two narrow defeats which are always tough to take especially against local rivals. It doesn't necessarily have any bearing on our performance tomorrow. We have an almost fully fit squad to choose from and we know the importance of the game and what's required of us."
Though many are looking towards the end of the season, Hodgson was cautious to state that there are still eight games to play and that, in such time, the outlook for any team in the table can change notably.
"The thing about the Premier League," he explained, "if you take both ends of it is there's still an awful lot that can happen when there are 24 points to play for. A team that can put together a good run of form can move well away from the relegation zone into the middle of the table. That comment is relevant if you like for so many teams."
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