Roy Hodgson aiming for top-half finish for Palace


Cherries boss Eddie Howe applauded the returning David Brooks.

Roy Hodgson is figured out to assist Crystal Palace finish greater than 10 th in the Premier League after Saturday’s regular success at Bournemouth

The Eagles went back to top flight action with a 2-0 win on the south coast after goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew

It raised Palace above Arsenal into ninth and onto 42 points, suggesting they are just 8 points off setting a new club record in the Premier League.

4 wins, 4 tidy sheets in a row for the first time in our top-flighthistory #CPFC|#BOUCRY

— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) June 20, 2020

Another target for the south London outfit is to position much better than 10 th– something they have actually attained on 2 events in the Premier League, although Hodgson firmly insists that must be 3 times after he assisted them to 11 th in the 2017-18 campaign.

He stated: “Well I still keep we ended up 10 th that first year when I was at the club when we had the very same variety of points with Newcastle and they pipped us on goal distinction.

“That was a level 10th for me, which I was quite satisfied with. We would like to push on and go a bit further of course, but I think one of the problems we are going to find is the squad is quite small. It is limited.”

Palace lacked Martin Kelly, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp at the Vigor Arena and Hodgson confessed they all might be missing for the rest of the term.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, centre, signed a new 1 year contract prior to the Premier League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic (Ian Walton/NMC Swimming Pool)

“We have lost three very important senior first-team players and it’s unlikely we’ll get more than one of them back in the coming weeks,” the 72- year-old added.

“It is going to be a major challenge for the small group of players we’ve got to get through so many games in such a short period of time.”

Relegation-threatened Bournemouth had a hard time to develop possibilities against Palace, however the majority of their great happened through David Brooks

The Welsh winger made his first look for the Cherries in 14 months after a long-lasting ankle injury and stood out.

“It was great to see him back,” Eddie Howe stated. “There was a component of rustiness in his game, which is to be anticipated, however I think there were indications and minutes of what he will bring the team.

One favorable to last night …

After 330 days hurt, the return of this man

— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) June 21, 2020

” I am pleased he came through that amount of time ideally untouched. There was a little bit of cramp for him, however physically that is to be anticipated.

“He hasn’t done a huge amount of training with the team, but we know how big he is going to be for us.”

While Brooks ought to be great to include at Wolves on Wednesday, Joshua King might have a hard time after he was required off with an ankle injury.

If they are to move out of the bottom 3,

Howe explained the problem as “a huge concern” and confessed Bournemouth have to enhance in midweek.

He added: “The league is so tight if you look down there a couple of results can alter things very rapidly.

“We have to believe we are capable of doing that. I believe we are, but we have to play better than we did.”

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