Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1: Roy Hodgson's first game ends in defeat

Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1: Roy Hodgson's first game ends in defeat

Then, much like now, Hodgson had a reputation to rebuild after lasting only six months as the Liverpool manager.

Loftus-Cheek, playing in an advanced central role behind Christian Benteke, was Palace's best player and there was a chorus of boos when the 21-year-old was replaced by Bakary Sako, who made his first appearance of the season.

After just one goal from open play so far this season, Southampton finally secured all three points after three games in all competitions without a win.

Hodgson, who was born close to Palace's home ground Selhurst Park, had been out of work since June 2016 after England crashed out of the group stage at last year's European Championships, reports Xinhua. "You can always get off to a bad start, what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four".

His sessions are very structured and for some players they will appear to be boring because of the repetition of the same tactical drills again and again and again.

"I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training".

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- Harriet (@haighypoo) September 16, 2017Hodgson might lose his first 4 games as well. The only thing that will get you a good start is a performance where you score more goals against the opposition and we certainly didn't do that today. If Palace believe in him as players and as a team, they will be very, very hard to play against after a while.

"I didn't want to end (my career) on a bad result, but I think the 56 games and the seven defeats is not so bad", he said.

Fraser Forster was also on form as the Saints, making two key saves among other impressive bits of play in his own box.

"I can't change the fixture list, all I can do is encourage the players to be as mentally strong as possible", Hodgson said.

Social media users have this afternoon taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on Crystal Palace's disappointing first-half display versus Southampton.