BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Roy Hodgson was in no doubt that Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Monday night was a positive outcome.
The Eagles have only won one of their last seven Premier League fixtures – taking six points from a possible 21.
But Palace had shipped 10 goals in their two previous fixtures before facing a Foxes side who are once again pushing for a top-four finish.
Asked if the result was a step in the right direction, Eagles manager Hodgson said: “Oh, absolutely. We always knew this was going to be a tough period because the games we were facing were going to be hard ones.
“We got through those first three tough ones quite well but Liverpool knocked us back and Aston Villa, who let’s not forget are a very good team, knocked us back a little bit too.
“To face Leicester next was going to be a daunting task – but we handled it very well. The point and the way we played in the second half will stand us in good stead going forward.”
Wilfried Zaha’s eighth league goal of the campaign put Palace in front with Harvey Barnes levelling late on.
“He was very good and has been in the past few games,” said Hodgson. “He’s very, very much the player we want him to be and know he can be.
“His control and discipline on the field has been very good. The passion he has for the club and the game is demonstrating itself in the right way.
“I think that is a record number for him during my time at the club. Long may it continue. There are a lot of games left to play and a lot of goals for him to score.”
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