Crystal Palace press conference LIVE: Roy Hodgson on Wilfried Zaha, Joel Ward & Spurs
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14:38a year ago

The broadcast section has finished

Stay tuned on for more reaction from Roy Hodgson's pre-Spurs press conference.
14:37a year ago

On the contracts

"That's something that will be decided by Steve Parish, the American owners and Doug Freedman."

"We need 25 players to send a squad to the Premier League."

"What they have done for the club over the last four years, is quite incredible."

"If I am going to be involved with the team next season, then I will need to be involved with the recruitment."

14:33a year ago

On Mitchell

"Tyrick is suffering from a muscle injury."

Hodgson hopes that after the break, he will see some fresh face back in the squad. 

14:30a year ago

On the threat of Spurs

"A big one. They have such a lot of very, very good players throughout the team. The enormous threat they pose with their attacking options. We expect it to be  a remarkably difficult challenge."

"You always like to think that this will be your weekend."

"I think in games like Tottenham away, you're aware, to get a result, you need goals because they've got so many goals in them."

14:25a year ago

On the international break

"I can only hope that the Premier League will be able to ensure us, that when the players do return, they will not be punished.

"You don't want to wave them goodbye, knowing full well that when they return, will you not see them for 10 days."

14:22a year ago

Coming up against Spurs

"I am very proud of what the players have been able to achieve. they have been three very difficult games."

"It's been a remarkable effort from the team have been playing. The team hasn't changed much in our last 5/6 games."

14:20a year ago

On team news

Hodgson confirms that James McCarthy has picked up another injury, which he describes as a 'massive blow'. 

Nathaniel Clyne was expected to be back, however, has not made it in time for the weekend. 

14:18a year ago

On Zaha

"Yep. I think so. He has trained well this week. So there is no reason why I can't consider him for a part in the team."

"We are really pleased to have him back."

14:17a year ago

Roy Hodgson has arrived!

The Palace boss has sat down to face questions from the broadcast section first. 
12:51a year ago

Last time out

12:23a year ago

13:15 start

Roy Hodgson's press conference is due to start at 13:15. Stay tuned on for live updates of the broadcast section.   

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

12:23a year ago

Joel Ward’s swansong

Joel Ward has become a key component of Hodgson’s side. Due to the injury problems sustained by Nathan Ferguson and Nathaniel Clyne, Ward’s contributions have been needed more than ever.  

Ward, 30, is one of the 11 players who are out of contract come the summer, however, as he nears towards a decade of service, it would be a gung-ho decision to let Ward leave.  

12:22a year ago

Hodgson was ‘optimistic’ on Zaha

Today, we will find out whether talisman, Wilfried Zaha, will be back in contention for a place in the team; after suffering from a hamstring injury that he suffered over a month ago against Newcastle United.  

Whilst the Eagles have found a way to stand tall without the crux of their side, Zaha is still an irreplaceable foundation of the team.   

Roy Hodgson will provide an update on his progress. 

12:19a year ago

A resilient performance

A battered and bruised Crystal Palace have to pick themselves up once again, as they look to conclude their week of fixtures against a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur side.  

The Eagles have battled valiantly in their recent performances, grinding out an impressive 0-0 draw with a high-flying Fulham, before thwarting a free-flowing Manchester United side, neutralising the pace and threat with a robust display.  

12:18a year ago


Hello, and welcome to Roy Hodgson’s pre-Tottenham Hotspur press conference.