Sam Smith’s big-match verdict as Roy Hodgson buys more time as 1-1 draw against Leicester eases pressure – just a touch – on Palace chief

In December 2018, it was a home win against Leicester City that eased the pressure on Roy Hodgson following a solitary victory in 11 matches. Two years on, it may not have been the same result but Monday’s draw in the same fixture has once again provided Hodgson more time.

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Liverpool thrashing came out of nowhere – Palace’s performance at Aston Villa will be an early indicator of whether it has caused longer-term damage

Usually, a thrashing as severe as Crystal Palace’s 7-0 defeat against Liverpool is the culmination of a series of negative events. They are often part of a period of poor form in which such a heavy hammering has almost seemed inevitable. Easily avoidable goals are conceded with regularity. Squad morale will appear completely shattered.

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