Crystal Palace set new record for worst-ever top-flight start

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Crystal Palace still await their first league points and goal of the season after they lost 1-0 at home to Southampton.

Steven Davis' sixth-minute goal for Saints means the Eagles have become the first top-flight team to lose each of their opening five league fixtures without scoring a goal.

On top of these signings, perhaps the upper-management were hoping for Crystal Palace to be a stout defensive side and grind out one goal wins as in the olden days of Pulis and Allardyce.

What we can question are the decisions he makes in-game.

Only time will tell if Crystal Palace made a mistake sacking Frank de Boer after just four matches at the helm, but whatever the future holds it is clear his successor Roy Hodgson is not going to turn things round over night.

"I enjoyed my time with England - a huge honour".

The Northern Ireland worldwide found the back of the net within six minutes, with Roy Hodgson unable to inspire a turnaround in his first game in charge.

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Hodgson's Palace side could hardly be faring worse this season, now sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table without a point to their name after four games.

Hit play on the video above to see the match highlights. Sometimes the fact no one expects you to win and get thoroughly outplayed you might give a better performance than you think you can give.

There were boos from the Palace crowd when Hodgson brought off Loftus-Cheek, his best player, for Bakary Sako with 15 minutes to go and the change did not work for his goal-shy team. "We are happy about the result, also how we achieved the game from the beginning", said the manager, who introduced Virgil van Dijk as a late substitute for his first appearance of the season, following the Dutchman's failed attempt to leave the club in the summer.

"We didn't play well enough".

"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".

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.

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