Then, much like now, Hodgson had a reputation to rebuild after lasting only six months as the Liverpool manager.
I am pretty sure Hodgson will play a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 system at Palace and he will do a lot of work with each player on where they play as part of the team shape.
"There is no lack of attitude from players wanting to do better but we have a psychological fight on our hands, we have to make judgements on the games and the players know that".
However, it took just six minutes for Southampton to breach Hodgson's four-man defense, as Davis pounced after Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey pushed away Dusan Tadic's cross-shot. "I can see you're walking, you're not doing it", was one of Hodgson's favourite phrases as he worked time and again on team shape.
Everyone would see the link between what we did in training and what happened in games, and we started to trust it.
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- Harriet (@haighypoo) September 16, 2017Hodgson might lose his first 4 games as well.
Speaking after the defeat, Hudgson said: "We didn't deserve a fairytale ending". Lewington is a familiar face in south London, having been Palace's assistant manager between 1994 and 2000 - including two short spells as Caretaker Manager.
The home side applied the pressure in the second half but Mauricio Pellegrino's side were largely untroubled late on as they recorded their second win of the season and left Palace rooted to the bottom of the table.
If there is an upside it is that Hodgson's revival acts normally take a while to kick into gear.
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And while Palace will surely show more faith in 70-year-old replacement Roy Hodgson, an experienced "safe pair of hands" appointed to guide the club through the mess rather than revolutionise their style of play, question marks will undoubtedly be asked if he too endured a hard start to life with the London club.