Roy Hodgson has already helped Crystal Palace to break a number of records in his short time at the club.
Frank de Boer had overseen four Premier League defeats without scoring a goal and taking over from the Dutchman on 12 September, Hodgson added three more without scoring, ensuring Newcastle United’s longstanding record was totally smashed.
Saturday saw some much needed relief though, as a shock home win over reigning champions Chelsea gave the Eagles their first points and goals of the season.
An own goal and a winner from Wilfried Zaha were enough to beat the visitors 2-1 but Roy Hodgson was keen to play down the return of their star player.
Zaha was making his first start since the opening day of the season but the Palace boss said it was ‘Wilf Zaha and 10 others’ who beat Chelsea, not Zaha on his own.
With Newcastle up next, Roy Hodgson also stated he was taking in the Magpies’ match at Southampton on the Sunday, revealing he was also taking along Sheila, his wife of 46 years, to St Mary’s.
I wonder what the pair thought of a match where Newcastle played very well overall but gave away two poor goals.
Also singled out for praise by the former England manager was Andros Townsend. Hodgson saying that the combined threat of the former Newcastle winger and Wilfried Zaha had been key to Saturday’s win.
Interesting to see how Townsend gets on at St James Park, Newcastle rescued him from a career going nowhere and the winger rewarded them by jumping ship after only 12 starts, saying he had no other choice but to look after his own selfish interests.
He was warned by Newcastle supporters he could live to regret it – so let’s hope he is reminded of that on Saturday, with a decent display and three points for Rafa’s team.
“Movement was very good and Andros Townsend and Wilf Zaha made a big difference to our play, by their ability to beat people with the ball, but also run behind people and use their pace, so we had much more goal threat today.
“It would be a little unfair that a performance we’re all proud of is because one good player who hasn’t been playing returned.
“Wilf of course played a large part in that without a doubt, but the reason we beat the champions was, because we had Wilf Zaha and 10 others.
“You forget how stressful those last minutes of a match are, and it’s nice to sit here and relax, knowing nothing can happen and Chelsea can’t score!
“I’m off to Southampton to watch Newcastle play tomorrow, so my wife, who’s accompanying me, can’t say I never give her a day out!
“Sometimes it is a good one like it is today (beating Chelsea) and we would like to read that chapter again – but unfortunately next Saturday there is another story.
“We would be foolish to start thinking that, because we deservedly won today, it means we will win against Newcastle or West Ham.”