Hodg­son’s Palace cre­ates his­tory

The Queensland Times - - DIGEST SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: For­mer Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son knows he has a tough task on his hands at Crys­tal Palace af­ter watch­ing his new team create an un­wanted new record for the English Pre­mier League.

The Ea­gles be­came the first side in the com­pe­ti­tion to lose its first five games of a cam­paign and fail to score af­ter a 1-0 home de­feat by Southamp­ton.

Palace, which is now three points adrift at the bot­tom of the lad­der, is also the first top-flight team in the his­tory of English foot­ball (since 1888) to lose its first five games and score no goals.

“I still be­lieve in the long-term, these play­ers will pick them­selves up from where they have been knocked down to,” Hodg­son (pic­tured) told Sky Sports.

“It’s go­ing to be a long road and there might be some more pain be­fore we see some light at the end of the tun­nel.”

It will not get any eas­ier for Palace and Hodg­son with the next three fix­tures in the EPL against Manch­ester City away, Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford and Chelsea at home.

At the other end of the lad­der Manch­ester City laid down a marker with a 6-0 win at Wat­ford to move three points clear at the top.

United had a chance to draw level with a home clash against Ever­ton overnight.

Ser­gio Aguero was the star for City with a hat-trick, with Gabriel Je­sus, Ni­co­las Ota­mendi and Ra­heem Ster­ling adding the others.

EPL scores: Wat­ford 0 Man City 6, Crys­tal Palace 0 Southamp­ton 1, Hud­der­s­field 1 Le­ices­ter 1, Liver­pool 1 Burn­ley 1, New­cas­tle 2 Stoke 1, West Brom 0 West Ham 0, Spurs 0 Swansea 0. Overnight: Man United v Ever­ton.

PHOTO: MIKE HE­WITT/GETTY

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