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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson feels they need to deliver something special when they face Everton at the Goodison Park.
Despite having one of the best squads at his disposal time is running out for Hodgson. The Eagles haven’t registered a win in their last three matches and should this streak extend in the next match it would be very tough for them to replicate last season’s performance when they finished 11th in the Premier League.
Palace are often regarded as a Wilfried Zaha side as they seem to be entirely dependent on the former Manchester United forward. Zaha has played a key role in Palace’s revival last season and the onus will be on him once again to deliver.
Hodgson admits facing the Toffees at their home ground is always difficult. “Whenever you go to Goodison Park you’re going to face a tough game.
“It is a very good crowd that they have there, a partisan crowd that really supports their team.
“It’s an iconic stadium, one of the older ones that still has that smell, if you like, of English First Division football before the Premier League came onto the scene.
“Whatever state the club is supposed to be in, good or bad, it is always going to be a very difficult place to go and play.
“Of course we have the situation where our results have not been as good as we want to be. We are certainly more in need of points than Everton are at this moment.
“We realise that we’re going to have to do something special up there if we want to come away from the game with a positive result.”