Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Hodgson remains committed to Palace

Hodgson remains committed to Palace

"Any joy I feel is measured by looking at the faces of the Stoke players who gave everything, but I don't think they could have done anymore, they came up against a team who weren't willing to lie down, who put in a top, top performance".

After a further 28 league games with Hodgson in charge, Palace are now safe, mathematically confirming their place in next season's Premier League with their win over Stoke.

Only his 20 games at Liverpool, where the club was emotionally geared to Kenny Dalglish's return, and his last two tournaments with England disturb this record of stabilisation and improvement - founded, Neville insists, more on attacking drills than defensive repetition, certainly at Palace, where he is not short of attacking weapons.

The Potters are three points behind 17th-placed Swansea with one game remaining, but the Swans' midweek fixture against third-bottom Southampton means Lambert's side can not escape the drop zone.

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With two games remaining, Stoke need to win their remaining games and hope that the teams ahead of them do not win. While West Ham have allowed more goals, the Potters have the worst goal differential.

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There is a six pointer to get the Premier League action underway today. Points which would have had the side now sitting 10th in the Premier League, and safe from relegation. On Saturday, the Potters host Crystal Palace at bet365 Stadium.

When an ex-Barcelona player joins a club, fans will always no doubt be excited at the prospects, and Stoke supporters would have been doing the same thing with Ibrahim Afellay in 2015.

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Stoke fans had their head in their hands at the final whistle as it was confirmed the club's 10-year stay in the division was coming to an end, Paul Lambert having failed to rescue them after replacing the sacked Mark Hughes as manager in January.

Lambert added: "It is a tough afternoon".

And that appeared to be the case with Sadio Berahino at Stoke this season.

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