Life at Selhurst Park right now represents the direct antithesis of plain sailing. Roy Hodgson has a big job on his hand as at Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace are struggling, there’s no two ways about it. Lying bottom of the league, the only team in the division without a single point following Bournemouth’s win over Brighton on Friday night, times are tough for the Palace faithful.
With the position in the Premier League making for the grimmest of readings, one stat in particular jumps out as quite the alarm bell ringer:
Crystal Palace are the first team in English top-flight history to lose their first five games without scoring a goal.
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Now, this is a statistic which all followers of the London club will be well aware of. Incredibly, five games into the season, not to mind being able to celebrate a win or their first point of the season, Crystal Palace supporters still haven’t even been afforded a goal to cheer.
The decision to sensationally part ways with new manager Frank de Boer after a mere four games in charge is one that has been a source for great debate. However, the common consensus appears to be that the decision to sack the Dutch man was a rash one and one which was made in a panic.
It had been originally stated that the thinking behind apppointing the former Ajax player and manager in charge in place of Sam Allardyce who departed the post at the end of last season was to bring a new philosophy and style of football to the club and the team. A more pure and attractive brand of play was expected.
Well, when that didn’t immediately pay dividends and the whole idea of transformation seems to be abandoned already, not even half-a-dozen games into the season, Roy Hodgson stepped in.
The ex-England boss saw his side go down 1-0 to Southampton today in his first game in the hot seat, leaving the Selhurts faithful still longing to celebrate their first goal this season, let alone point or win.