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Hodgson impressed by Batshuayi debut at Selhurst Park

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Hodgson showered praise on Batshuayi after 2-0 win over Fulham

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was impressed by what he saw from Chelsea loanee Mitchy Batshuayi on his debut cameo at Selhurst Park in the Eagles’ 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

Batshuayi replaced Jordan Ayew for the last eight minutes in the second half but that was enough for the Belgian to make an impact, forcing a wonderful save from Sergio Rico as the rebound was eventually turned in by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Skipper Luka Milivojevic had given Palace the lead from the penalty spot in the first-half after Cyrus Christie handled the ball inside the box.

The Eagles registered their 7th win of the season and moved four points clear of the relegation zone, leaving Hodgson to shower praise on the debutant.

“Michy Batshuayi did so well to create the second goal,” Hodgson said after the match.

“We will need these players who came on. We look more dangerous from corners – there are positives for us.

“Second half we played well, first half I have to give Fulham credit, they were very good and we were fortunate. It was a strange penalty, I can’t understand what has gone through the defender’s head.

“We controlled the game after that and had opportunities. We were not under pressure. But these are anxious times. If we had more points on the board, points that we deserved, it would be less problematic here. Every point is so valuable and if you’re in the lead you can stop playing and worry about the final whistle.”

Batshuayi himself added: “It’s a very important win, it’s good for the team and for me too. I feel good to be here but I need to train with the team. It’s a good start.

“I met my team-mates today! I will bring as much as I can to help the team to win.”

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