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  • By Yann Tear

Roy Hodgson confident shell-shocked players have what it takes to bounce back from Liverpool rout



Roy Hodgson says he fully expects to get the right reaction from his players when they come in for training on Tuesday morning following Saturday’s chastening mauling at the hands of Liverpool.

The champions were at their clinical best in romping to a 7-0 victory and Palace must regroup quickly after the humiliation of conceding seven at home for the first time in their history.

“The fact is that it’s a crushing scoreline – the worst scoreline that most of us in the dressing room have ever experienced,” said the Eagles’ boss.

“All we can do is go home, try to learn lessons from it and try and make certain we can get our minds back where they need to be on Tuesday morning for training.

“I don’t have any real fears because most of these guys have been with us a long time and they know what’s required and know what we expect.

“But it will be interesting on Tuesday morning and if I can paint my dream scenario, I will see players coming in fresh from a good night’s sleep, looking forward to training and looking forward to once again showing what they can do, because up until this point, we haven’t looked like being heavily beaten in games over the last two or three months.”

Hodgson added: “We are devastated losing the game 7-0

“There’s nothing positive you can say when you’ve been beaten as heavily as we’ve been beaten today. There’s nothing you can do, except take it on the chin.

“There’s no point in trying to disguise the fact that they’ve scored seven goals, no point in disguising that they’ve played very, very well and better than us for large part of the game.

“I suppose the only thing I could draw attention to in the first half, the game wasn’t exactly a parade of Liverpool players charging in on our goal, dominating the game and creating chances – the game was actually relatively even in terms of where the ball was on the field and how many times it was in the Liverpool penalty area.

“The bottom line, though, is that they didn’t get into our penalty area that often, but they scored three goals.

“I would pay tribute to the players for the way they kept going. Even at five and six nil, there was never any chance that we would give up. I don’t think there was any lack of effort on anybody’s part.”

Palace travel to Aston Villa on Boxing Day and return to Selhurst Park two days later for the visit of Leicester City.

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