Martin Keown explains awkward situation facing Crystal Palace after Roy Hodgson appointment

Wilshere last played for Arsenal in 3-1 Premier League win at Watford on August 27 last year

Following the departure of Frank de Boer on Monday, and the subsequent appointments of Roy Hodgson as manager and Ray Lewington as assistant manager the following day, Palace have now confirmed that Orlando Trustfull, Sammy Lee and Ryland Morgans have left the club.

"You can always get off to a bad start, (but) what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four".

Hodgson will follow the same recipe that he has done for many, many years - a big part of his management approach is his day-to-day work with the team.

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.

Loftus-Cheek had Palace's two best efforts in the first half, releasing a 30th-minute drive from 25 yards that flew just wide of the left-hand post after good combination play with Christian Benteke.

Roy Hodgson felt Crystal Palace were lacking in self-belief as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in his first game in charge.

"On the psychological aspect, we have to make sure people don't dig themselves into a grave", Hodgson said.

You could definitely argue that his predecessor, De Boer, never really got that time to put his mark on the team.

The win hands Mauricio Pellegrino his first away win since he took charge on the south coast, while Hodgson faces an uphill battle to turn Palace's form around, especially with their next three matches pitting them against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Speaking after the defeat, Hudgson said: "We didn't deserve a fairytale ending".

The English manager will start his tenure at Crystal Palace with a game at home as they take on Southampton.

The endgame, of course, is securing Palace's future in the top flight, and Hodgson is confident that he is up to the task.

However, the usual spark on show from a team who have recently been taken over by a new boss was sadly lacking, with the home side looking bereft of ideas, as they had done in their opening 4 Premier League fixtures.

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