Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson feels his gamers are nonetheless dedicated to the trigger regardless of the crushing 5-0 defeat at Arsenal which revived issues in regards to the 76-year-old’s continued suitability to guide them.
Palace lastly appeared to be rising from a substantial damage disaster when the influential Michael Olise, who sat out a prolonged spell to begin the season, sustained a second hamstring problem of their very important 3-1 victory over Brentford to shut out 2023.
With Jordan Ayew on Ghana responsibility on the Africa Cup of Nations and the Emirates Stadium journey following on a midweek FA Cup third-round replay loss to Everton, Hodgson was as soon as once more pressured to deal with diminished attacking choices and a drained squad on a day that supplied few hopeful sparks for followers within the away finish, a few of whom raised banners protesting a perceived lack of route at their membership.
Hodgson mentioned: “We were outplayed, in particular towards the end of the game, but up until that period I thought the players still showed that they are still committed and they were still wanting to do well for the club.
“First of all, they’ve got to stick very much with the work that they’ve been doing on the training field, that they stick together in terms of their attitude.
“To be honest, I didn’t think the attitude during the course of the game was particularly debatable. I didn’t see people losing hope or losing faith, we kept going, we were playing against a better team.
“The message has got to be, listen, there are no magic wands in football. It’s got to be done on the field of play.
“I think we’ve shown over the last year that we have capabilities in that respect, and I’m not prepared to suddenly dismiss those capabilities on the basis of losing 1-0 to Everton and Arsenal away from home.”
Substitute Gabriel Martinelli struck two near-identical objectives previous Dean Henderson in as many minutes of second-half stoppage time to consign the guests to the crushing defeat.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta agreed the achievement would give the Brazilian a lift, revealing the 22-year-old had not felt 100 per cent within the build-up to Saturday’s contest earlier than he doubled his Premier League objective tally for the season in a single afternoon.
Arteta mentioned: “I think that is going to make him really good. Sometimes when you are in that period, and he had a little issue in the last few days in training so he wasn’t fully, fully fit, that changes momentum, it changes perception, it re-energises you. It’s everything.”
The Gunners, who have been eradicated by Liverpool in their very own third-round FA Cup conflict, subsequent journey to Nottingham Forest earlier than going through Jurgen Klopp’s males once more in a large assembly for his or her title hopes.
Arteta added: “At the moment we are really short in numbers, so we really have to manage a few players, especially players that have played a lot of football.
“We have good training blocks, one to train really hard and other ones to use for game preparation, so we’re going to have to try to maximise that space.”