Roy Hodgson: Survival still the target for Crystal Palace

By Conor O’Sullivan

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is taking nothing for granted after his Crystal Palace side rose to 12th in the Premier League table following a 1-0 victory over Burnley.

Bakary Sako’s sixth goal of the season means the Eagles have lost just once in 12 league encounters. Palace face Arsenal at the Emirates next weekend.

Hdgoson said: “We are looking to survive. Every three points is three points closer. Everyone at this club, fans, directors, coaches, we will be delighted if at the end of the season we are a point above the relegation zone. We will never waiver from that.

“At least now we can look at the league table for a week or two without shivers running down our spine.

“Bakary (Sako) has come good for us and for himself lately. He’s done very well recently for us and was in the team on merit. First half particularly he was very good. Today the three points was everything and we got them.

“It was a massive three points. We knew it would be very, very tough. In the first half we created chances to make life more comfortable for us in the second half.

“We knew Burnley would gets stronger and more questions would be asked of our back four and goalkeeper. I’m delighted we were able to withstand that test. They are very good at what they do, a strong team, a physical team.”

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