Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that his team have not been playing badly and have not been rewarded for the performances on the playing field. The Eagles ended a three-match losing run with a 2-0 triumph over Burnley and the victory sees them within two points off fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Palace produced a solid performance against Liverpool after the international break but they could not come up with a point after the league leaders scored a late winner through Roberto Firmino. Still, there were plenty of positives from the game and it was not surprising that they managed to replicate the performance against Burnley on the road.
Despite the result, Palace remain in the bottom half of the standings but because of the tight competition in the league, they are just two points separating them from Spurs, who are occupying the fifth spot. Palace have a reasonably friendly schedule for the festive period and they start off with a home game against Bournemouth in midweek. Palace enjoyed the meeting last season as they romped to a 5-3 triumph on the final gameweek of the previous campaign.