Crystal Palace revival continues as Bakary Sako strikes against Burnley


Not so long ago, Crystal Palace were setting records for freefall in the Premier League, while Burnley were celebrated as the most agile climbers in the division.

Palace have now suffered just one defeat in their last 12 league matches and while there will still be some moments of anxiety, mainly in the closing stages as another priceless win was so tantalisingly close, this was another performance to warm the hearts of the South London faithful.

Palace lost their opening seven league fixtures, leading to Frank de Boer's sacking and Hodgson's appointment, and they were then widely considered to be near-certainties for relegation.

Arguably, their most impressive result so far was ending Manchester City's 18-match winning spree with a 0-0 draw that Palace would have won had Luka Milivojevic not missed a penalty in second-half injury time.

"It changes quickly. You have to be very careful with statistics and I have no desire to start celebrating the fact that here, in the middle of January, we are in 12th place", Hodgson told a news conference.

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The Burnley star has featured 15 times in the league this campaign as the Lancashire club have defied the odds to now reside in the top half of the table.

But with the help of former England assistant coach Ray Lewington and former Blackburn Rovers player Steven Reid, whom he appointed as assistant manager and first-team coach respectively, Hodgson has swept all doubts and criticisms aside.

Sean Dyche knows there is no need to be flustered, despite a run that means Burnley are without a league win in six matches. "He's doing terrific", he said. It's fantastic what he's done here.

Crystal Palace are playing well and with the form they are in, they will hope to avoid relegation easily.

"He's settled it down nicely here, but it's not a surprise to me; it is down to Roy and his staff putting in the work". Sometimes Roy gets mixed reviews, but the levels he's worked at, the things he's achieved, he gets nothing but respect from me.

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