There is no doubt that Roy Hodgson made an immediate impact when he took over at Selhurst Park. He restored confidence in a team that had misfired badly under Frank De Boer and Palace moved up the table. However, the wheels have come off in recent weeks and Palace are edging ever closer to the dropzone.
They have picked up just 2 points from a possible 15 and some tricky fixtures lie ahead. Three of their next four matches are against Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool. By the time April arrives, Palace could be in deep trouble.
Hodgson: Sakho Scared To Play
What makes Palace's run even worse is that it has coincided with a revival in fortunes for some of their rivals. Hodgson has had a host of injury problems, including highly paid ex Liverpool centre back Mamadou Sakho. Incredibly, Hodgson is accusing Sakho of being afraid to play.
Hodgson revealed: “He feels, in his own words, scared that something’s going to happen if he plays and he’s unwilling to take the risk. We thought he was going to be back, but he is still feeling his calf injury. At the moment he is making it clear he doesn’t feel confident enough to play”
Palace In Freefall
As the famous song goes, there may be trouble ahead, and Hodgson will have to face the music if The Eagles go belly up. It doesn't bode well that players are refusing to play through injuries, as in a relegation battle all hands are needed on deck.
If Palace lose all three matches against the big guns it will shatter their already frail confidence. Normally Palace would write off those games, but the relegation battle is unusually tight this season. Every single point will count, and every match from here on in is a Cup Final for The Eagles.