Crystal Palace v. Southampton

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From then on though neither side created much, with Southampton having only scored twice in open play this season themselves. It is important to note that Palace was very unlucky to lose their last game as they were by far the better team.

He said the anxiety of his players was palpable during the game but he saw an improvement in the second half after they had resorted to booting the ball up to striker Christian Benteke in the first.

The Eagles approached Saturday's home Premier League clash with Southampton looking for an immediate lift under new manager Roy Hodgson. In their last five meets, they have won one match and lost four matches.

Palace paid for slack defending in just the sixth minute when a Dusan Tadic cross-shot was parried to the feet of Steven Davis, who side-footed home from 10 yards.

Saints unsurprisingly looked the more confident but Palace twice almost equalised before the half-hour mark, Christian Benteke denied by a point-blank block by Forster and Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing just wide of the left-hand post.

Two more chances went begging in a downpour early in the second half when another Loftus-Cheek centre flew across the face of goal before Forster saved from Jason Puncheon.

It seemed to shake up the home side, and the youngster was at it again moments later.

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.

What makes it all the more alarming is that Palace's start to the season did not look particularly daunting.

Following the departure of Frank de Boer on Monday, and the subsequent appointments of Roy Hodgson as manager and Ray Lewington as assistant manager the following day, Palace have now confirmed that Orlando Trustfull, Sammy Lee and Ryland Morgans have left the club.

Southampton is in the 13th place with five points in the standing table. In fairness to Hodgson, the substitution was probably necessary given the fact he is not yet fully fit, but Palace fans knew that their chances of levelling the scores dropped when the 21-year-old departed.

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