18 September, 2017
According to Opta, their failure to take their chances again saw them become the first side in 129 years of English top-flight history to open the season with five defeats and no goals scored.
He thrives on that contact, which is why he probably enjoys being a club coach more than working with a national side. You have to work for these things.
Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish has made a bit of a mug of himself after saying everybody should calm down after only a few defeats, with it then emerging that Palace started looking for a new boss before the global break - only two weeks into the season.
In 1992, Hodgson and Uli Stielike swapped positions at Neuchatel Xamax and Switzerland, giving the Englishman his first national team job.
Crystal Palace are struggling, there's no two ways about it.
"I still believe in the long-term, these players will pick themselves up from where they have been knocked down to", he said. "The statistics dig us into a grave, but only what we do on the football field can get us out of it or make the situation worse". In the second half, Southampton stopped pressuring the Palace players in packs to force them out wide, knowing that every cross will be comfortably dealt with by summer signing Wesley Hoedt and Maya Yoshida.
The 70-year-old said he would continue to assess his squad to find the best players for the task ahead, which includes visiting title contenders Manchester City and Manchester United before hosting Chelsea in Palace's next three league games.
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Clemson-Auburn
Auburn's 14-6 deficit certainly felt larger after the Tigers sacked Stidham on back-to-back dropbacks to force a three-and-out. That Clemson defense has a big challenge Saturday, facing Lamar Jackson, Louisville's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
"And there's no point in making bold statements that might not be ratified in some way".
England failed to win any of their three group games and were dumped out before the knockout phase for the first time at a World Cup since 1958.
Although staff and players found Hodgson's enthusiasm infectious, especially on the training ground, where there was a sense he could not have been in a happier place (it is tempting to think he is much better suited to club rather than worldwide management on that point alone), he also had an edge to him and was not afraid to light the fuse when things were not done right. Long balls were continually launched in the direction of Benteke from deep, with the hosts only occasionally stringing together threatening passing combinations.
"We didn't play well enough".
Under the trusty guidance of Graeme Souness, it took Newcastle seven hours and 18 minutes to score their first goal of the 2005/06 Premier League season, setting a new PL record that stands to this day. It could turn out to be a very good match.
But what does the Croydon-born man have to say after the defeat?
That is exactly the kind of approach Palace need right now.