Roy Hodgson demands display of pride and belief from Watford despite relegation


Roy Hodgson suggested Watford to stay taking part in for pleasure after an fast go back to the Sky Wager Championship was once showed following Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

A winless run courting again to March 13 had left the Hornets at the verge of collapse prior to Wilfried Zaha’s first-half spot-kick at Selhurst Park sealed their destiny with 3 video games left.

Relegation-threatened Everton consult with Vicarage Street on Wednesday, with Hodgson’s aspect keen to finish an undesirable top-flight file of eleven consecutive losses at house.

The 74-year-old stated: “We can attempt to do what we did towards Crystal Palace.

“We need to pass in the market, consider in ourselves and get ready for the video games so we all know what Everton are going to return with and what we need to do to stay them out and what we wish to do to get in in the back of them and rating a few targets.

“We can paintings on that for a few days after which we can pass out with the gamers and I will be able to ask them to breed this efficiency as a result of that was once almost definitely as excellent an away efficiency as we've got given – it sits on a par with the Liverpool one the place we additionally misplaced.

“That gained’t be simple as a result of this can be a quick turnaround and the gamers gave so much. They'll want a large number of smooth love and care if they're going to pass out on Wednesday night time and provides the rest like this kind of efficiency they have got finished.

“I feel we've got confirmed what the workforce can do and we aren’t a hopeless case via any stretch of the creativeness. Perhaps, with hindsight, we will be able to level to a couple of unfortunate moments that grew to become the season towards us.”

Hodgson has handiest tasted victory two times since he changed Claudio Ranieri in January and up to date overdue targets in house defeats to Brentford and Burnley have proved the most important.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster, who's out of contract this summer time and grew to become 39 closing month, was once one in every of Watford’s best possible performers at Palace and has been sponsored to stay taking part in via his present supervisor.

“Ben clearly defies his age as a result of he's nonetheless a excellent goalkeeper,” Hodgson, who will depart on the finish of the season, added.

“When referred to as upon, he was once there to make two excellent saves and because of this he's a top-class goalkeeper.

“I wouldn’t presume to speak on his behalf over whether or not he will have to proceed or if he will have to now retire. That will probably be purely his determination however what I'm ready to mention is he's a height, height goalkeeper and has finished an attractive activity for Watford.”

Zaha’s 14th objective of the time period made it back-to-back victories for Palace and consecutive profitable targets for the Ivory Coast world.

It has stored alive hopes the Eagles may just set a brand new membership file for many issues accumulated in a Premier League season with their earlier best possible tally of 49 accomplished within the 1992-93 and 2018-19 campaigns.

Two extra wins from their last 3 fixtures would take them as much as 50 issues.

“Earlier than the sport they weren't relegated and we knew how tricky it might be on account of their organisation. We would have liked to transport the ball fast however we didn’t transfer the ball fast sufficient,” Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira insisted.

“I'm in point of fact happy with the win and the selection of issues we've got. After all we need to carry out neatly to check out to win soccer suits.

“It's 3 video games left and we can play the ones 3 video games as best possible we will be able to as a result of we need to construct for subsequent season and it's important we end neatly.”