Crystal Palace 19/10 to win against Southampton in Saturday's Premier League clash

Bright spark Roy Hodgson’s decision to substitute Ruben Loftus Cheek was booed by Palace fans

The result also leaves them without a goal in 2017-18, meaning they have taken the longest of any top-flight team in England to score a goal at the start of a season since Newcastle United in 2005-06.

Hodgson, who has been out of management since he resigned following England's humiliating exit at Euro 2016 losing to minnows Iceland, said going behind early on ― to a sixth minute goal by Steven Davis― had prompted his players to go into their shell.

On the other hand, the Crystal Palace hierarchy will be becoming increasingly concerned by the threat of relegation as the Eagles still lacked any offensive quality or fresh ideas despite the change of manager this week.

"In the second half, we attacked better, nowhere near as well as I would like to see but we did get up to the ball better".

"But I'm not suggesting hard work in training will produce Messis and Ronaldos in the next three months", Hodgson told reporters after a defeat that left Palace bottom of the table.

Hodgson, making his Selhurst Park bow after replacing sacked boss Frank de Boer, was taking over a Palace side that had lost four out of four in the league without scoring a goal.

'It is very rewarding to find myself here now as the Palace manager, at a club I have always loved and admired with a huge potential. Wilshere was one of Hodgsons most utilised players during his time as England manager, selecting the midfielder 29 times from his 56 matches in charge.

70-year-old Hodgson has about forty years as a football manager, and has managed fifteen clubs, and four countries' national teams.

Selhurst Park gave Hodgson a rapturous welcome ahead of kick-off but the home fans were soon silenced when Saints took the lead. I was heartened by what I saw in the Burnley game last week. We won't be lying down but, realistically, when you look at these three games, people will say 'how can you win them?' That's up to us.

"We have created chances and deserved to score more goals than we have, but you have to convert these chances. I can't put that right but I'm very pleased to be back at the highest level with a good football club".

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