Hodgson looks to the positives

06 March 2018 03:16:38 EST

Roy Hodgson remains convinced that his Crystal Palace side will not be relegated this season even after Monday's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Manchester United.

The Eagles are in the bottom three and without a victory in six top-flight games despite producing a spirited performance at Selhurst Park against Jose Mourinho's team.

Goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt had given Palace a 2-0 lead but United hit back to equalise through Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku before Nemanja Matic netted the winner in stoppage time from 30 yards out.

"Sadness. Total sadness," Hodgson said after the game. "I'm proud of the performance and I can't criticise any player for the effort or the work they put in.

"We're in the relegation zone, but after seven games everyone told me that we were relegated. At the moment we aren't relegated, we're in the relegation zone, so I think that's a positive.

"We were eight points adrift of any sort of safety, now I think we're one point adrift of safety and there's lots of games to go.

"I don't think I should need convincing that the team has qualities. The team has determination and enormous fighting spirit."

Palace are 1000/1 to be relegated this season and 11/1 to beat Chelsea in their next Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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