Hodgson: “Nothing to celebrate yet”

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Roy Hodgson, the Crystal Palace coach, spoke about his side’s current successful run and he insisted that relegation still hasn’t been avoided so there is no reason to celebrate despite being 12th-placed in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace were winless when Roy Hodgson took over and now, they have lost just once since November 5 and it means that they are really close to the top 10 in the domestic league. The Eagles managed to draw with Manchester City and they were even close to grabbing a win with a missed penalty in the dying minutes – but the coach believes that there is still a lot of work to be done.

The former England national team and Liverpool coach denied celebrating as he said, according to Sky Sports“I have no desire in January to celebrate being in 11th place. The only thing that interests me is where we are on the final day, and being one place above the relegation zone. Anything else would be a huge bonus, especially having started with seven games, seven defeats and no goals.”

He continued by adding that they should enjoy a better situation: “It’s nice now that things are no longer looking so bleak, and we should enjoy that, but there will be lots more games like today where you do enough to merit the three points, and then suffer in the second half because a one-goal lead can always be cancelled out.”

In the end, Roy Hodgson claimed that he had his reasons for making no changes in his last match: “We had Yohan Cabaye on the bench but he wasn’t there yesterday. This morning he went in and we had the results of the MRI scan that showed that nothing was damaged and it was just muscle fatigue, and we persuaded him to be on the bench in case we needed him.”