Safety first for Hodgson despite Palace revival

Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his sides first goal

Roy Hodgson is refusing to get carried away by Crystal Palace scaling the lofty heights of 12th in the Premier League after their revival continued with a 1-0 win over Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Palace made the worst start to a top-flight English league campaign with no points or goals from their first seven matches, but they are now five points clear of the drop zone thanks to Bakary Sako's 21st-minute victor against the Clarets.

"It changes quickly, doesn't it?"

"Roy sometimes gets mixed reviews, but the years of service to the game, and the levels he has worked at, he gets nothing but respect from me, I can assure you", Dyche told a news conference. "I think you have to be very careful of those statistics and certainly I have no desire to start celebrating in the middle of January".

"When I came, I said I was only concerned about the final day of May and being one place above the relegation zone", he said.

Tarkowski was then well placed to turn a McArthur effort behind after linking up with Zaha, as Palace threatened to kill off the game with a second goal.

Timothy Fosu Mensah of Crystal Paalce is challenged by Ashley Barnes of Burnley
Timothy Fosu Mensah of Crystal Paalce is challenged by Ashley Barnes of Burnley

"Credit to Burnley because they are doing very well but for us it's another very important game and we will be going into it looking to get maximum points which is no different to any other week".

"It's nice now that things don't look as bleak".

"In the second half we've really taken that game on today and arguably deserved to scratch something out of the game".

"For me it is good to be involved in this level of the game and it makes me stronger as a player and can only be to my advantage". He's done very well recently for us and was in the team on merit.

Wayne Hennessey was a spectator for much of the afternoon apart from Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes each heading wide from close range in both halves.

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.

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