Crystal Palace utility man Jeffrey Schlupp has shed some light on how Roy Hodgson has managed to turn the Eagles around.
Following an extremely disheartening start to the season, where the club lost six games on the spin, they have seemingly turned a corner in recent weeks. Talking to Palace’s website, Schlupp said;
I think we went back to basics and I am a great fan of doing that because I think we began complicating things earlier in the season.
But since the new management team have come in, we have really gone back to playing well and now we just need to turn the performances into positive results and getting three points.
The manager knows the league well and has got us back playing to a system which we know well and seems to be working and very quickly saw what we needed to do.
We have been working on our strength and the new manager has found the right balance for the side to play and there is a great spirit around the camp with us all in this together.
We don’t see ourselves as a side always being down near the relegation zone and the performances of late have certainly shown that we are capable of being a team at that kind of level and hoping to get in the position in the table that they find themselves in.
Palace will want to forget the beginning of this season in a hurry, but unfortunately it’ll be immortalised in the history books. Losing their first four games without scoring a goal, Palace’s beginning to the season is the worse ever in the Premier League’s history.
The last time a side achieved this feat before Palace was with Preston in 1924-25 season, where they would go on to be relegated from Division One.
This prompted the Palace board to sack manager Frank de Boer, and although Hodgson’s appointment was initially mocked by rival and neutral fans, the club look to finally have turned a corner.