Former Crystal Palace player and coach John Salako has heaped praise on manager Roy Hodgson for providing the stability at Selhurst Park. The former England manager was recruited by the south London side last season when they were without a point or goal after the opening four matches but he managed to transform their fortunes as they finished 11th on the table with 44 points.
Palace have so far accumulated seven points from their opening six matches and this sees them comfortably placed 11th on the table with a three-point gap to the drop zone. Nonetheless, the Eagles could have easily extended their distance to the dreaded drop, had Mamadou Sakho converted a straight-forward header during the recent 0-0 draw at Newcastle United.
Hodgson’s side are set to face Bournemouth in their next league meeting on Monday night and the game promises entertainment with both teams possessing plenty of firepower upfront. Thereafter, they have a home game against newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers following which their tough schedule starts. Palace are set to tackle Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in consecutive games following the next international break.