Crystal Palace press conference LIVE: Roy Hodgson on Zaha, Mateta, Benteke & Fulham preview
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14:37a year ago

The broadcast section has finished

Stay tuned on for more reaction from Roy Hodgson's pre-Fulham press conference.
14:35a year ago


"No. As far as I know, there is no club policy. I am afraid with leaks, especially working with England for four years, leaks become part of our life."
14:32a year ago

On the game against Fulham

"They are playing well, winning games. I don't know if it takes the pressure off, we want to make certain we build on the three points against Brighton. Knowing full well against Manchester United and Tottenham, especially with the current injury situation, will be difficult."
14:30a year ago

The win against the rivals

"Yes, I think it does. i would be wrong to try and play that down. The players were aware how hard they worked to come away with those three points.

"They (The players) new that they had given their all, and done everything they were expected to do. Training this week has seen a lot of smiling faces." 

14:27a year ago

On Palace for the rest of the season

A top 10 finish; "I think it's achievable for quite a few of us. One thing is going to be certain, that for us, we are going to need the players back who are in the treatment room."
14:24a year ago

On Fulham

"They're doing all the things any manager or coaching staff would want from any players. They're playing catch up because of that poor start. I have enormous respect for them."

Hodgson confirms that his side will have to pull out all the stops against Fulham on Sunday.

14:22a year ago

On Jean-Philippe Mateta

"He's still finding his feet. But you can't have a better start as a centre forward to score a goal of that nature."
14:21a year ago

On Brighton

"We didn't have the sort of possession or chances we would  have liked. But I thought our defending and the shape of the team was good. I thought the desire and spirit that we asked them to do to keep Brighton at bay, was there for all to see."
14:19a year ago

On team news

"He was out on the field today which was good, training with the rehabilitation specialist. I still have to wait for him to get the clearance from the medical department. 

Hodgson says he hopes to hear news on Zaha next week. 

Schlupp and Wickham have returned to some form of fitness.

He also confirmed that Clyne has picked up a slight muscle injury. 

14:17a year ago

Roy Hodgson has arrived!

The Palace boss has sat down to face questions from the broadcast section first. 
13:37a year ago

Starting soon...

Roy Hodgson's press conference is due to start in just over half an hour. Stay tuned on for live updates of the broadcast section. 

Furthermore, there will be additional coverage following the press conference at 22:30 on Saturday evening.

13:05a year ago

Welcome back!

Roy Hodgson is set to face questions from journalists on Zoom at around 13:00, ahead of the Premier League clash against Fulham. 
11:42a year ago

Hodgson post-Brighton


11:37a year ago

Palace last time out

11:23a year ago

A plethora of strikers

With Jean-Philippe Mateta scoring his first goal for the club on Monday, via a sensational double back heeled finish, Christian Benteke scoring the game winner and Michy Bathsuayi on the bench, Roy Hodgson has a surplus of forwards at his disposal.  

It is possible that Mateta & Benteke will be given a chance to play alongside each other against Fulham on Sunday. 

11:22a year ago

Team news

Hodgson will be asked on team news.   

It is expected that James McArthur will be back for this weekend to strengthen Hodgson's options.   

However, with several key components of his squad unavailable, the conundrum of three games in the space of a week will be a challenge for Hodgson’s dilapidated squad. 

11:22a year ago

Wilfried Zaha’s return frominjury

Whilst the south Londoners finally won without their talisman, there is no question that Roy Hodgson would like his best weapon back at his disposal sooner rather than later.  

Zaha suffered a hamstring injury against Newcastle United in early February and he has missed the previous three fixtures. 

However, with images emerging of Zaha back in training, it is possible that the ferocious forward could be back sooner rather than later.  

11:20a year ago

A ‘smash and grab’ on Monday

Crystal Palace’s 2-1 away win against rivals, Brighton & Hove Albion, was hailed as a resilient, durable and tenacious performance that saw the Eagles snatch all three points in the dying embers of the game thanks to a sweet volley from Christian Benteke.  

They players finally brushed off the criticism and stigma when playing without Wilfried Zaha and showed a valiant display which satisfied the faithful watching from home.

11:19a year ago


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