Hodgson warns Palace against complacency in survival bid

James Holland
Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has warned his Crystal Palace players not to get complacent in their bid to stay in the Premier League.

The Eagles reached the famed 37 point mark with a tight 1-0 win over West Brom at home.

Luka Milivojevic scored from the penalty spot after Darnell Furlong handled in the box.

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Palace had a good chance to double their lead through Christian Benteke in the second half.

His shot was tipped over brilliantly by Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone.

Reacting to the victory, Hodgson told Sky Sports (via BBC Sport): “I put it down as a very good, solid win against a team who ask a lot of you. They put lots of balls in and around the penalty area. They get the ball forward and into the box.

“If you don’t plug the gaps or compete as you need to, you pay the price. We didn’t because we did those things particularly well.

“We knew this would be a tough test. It’s one of those games where you don’t get a lot of praise for drawing or winning. Those points for me are very valuable.

“There is 38 games a year and each one of them is very important. It’s watched by millions of people all over the world so I don’t think it’s acceptable for a player to not give everything. Every manager in this league would fear the words ‘complacency’ or ‘safe’.

“We are not safe. We will only be safe when the number of points we have in front is greater than the number of games we have left and points to gain from them.

“Every season is going to be decided in May. If we are in the league in May and above three teams in May then that’s what I’m looking for.”

Palace are now 11th in the Premier League table after 29 matches.

They could yet be overtaken by Wolves, who play Liverpool on Monday evening.

Palace fans can relax somewhat now that their team has reached 37 points.

That mark has been enough to remain in the top flight in each of the last four seasons.

Their next match is against Everton on April 3.