Hodgson 'disappointed' to face West Brom on final day

Crystal Palace v Liverpool Premier League Selhurst Park 31 March 2018.

Image by Keith Gillard

Crystal Palace v Liverpool Premier League Selhurst Park 31 March 2018. Image by Keith Gillard

It's that exact team spirit that has enabled Hodgson to galvanise a depleted Crystal Palace squad and pull them well clear of trouble, despite a wretched start to the season.

Wilfried Zaha has been crucial for Crystal Palace surviving relegation from the Premier League.

Moore said: "It is important that in the summer the club comes together as a football club and start implementing the right plans and procedures, as well as people and players that are right for West Brom".

Now older and more experienced, Zaha has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League of late, which led to him collecting April's Player of the Month award. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last five games, winning three games and picking up 11 points.

The Baggies are vying to earn three successive top-flight away wins for the first time since December 1981. And that remarkable run is even more impressive given that the Baggies have faced Premier League heavyweights Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in that time. "All five games have been excellent results and we continue to work on extending that. We don't need to sell him".

"As far as I'm concerned, until a day comes where an offer is made that the club accepts, that speculation can wash over my head".

In central London, where we met the next afternoon, Hodgson, 70, explained the formula he used back in the dark days of autumn.

"But my message to everybody is 'feel proud of what's gone into the club in recent weeks.' We've filled the club with hope and vision and pride".

West Bromwich Albion suffered relegation following the games during the mid-week.

Earlier this season, both sides played a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns.

Hodgson still has a soft spot for West Brom, and he says it will be hard on Sunday for himself and former Baggies favourites and current Palace backroom staff Steven Reid and Dean Kiely.

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