Hodgson targets record points haul and Europe spot

Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has targeted a record points total for the club.

Palace get their season underway at Bournemouth on Saturday after the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Eagles currently sit in 11th place with 39 points and are 11 points off a historic total of 50 with nine games left.

The former England manager also admits that a place in Europe is also possible for his charges.

“We have got a lot to play for, we are looking forward to it,” Hodgson told a press conference.

“I know the players are keen to get back to playing matches and keen to try and maintain that form we had when we were obliged to stop the season in March.

“I don’t think there’s anybody here who doesn’t really long for that points total which will see us break previous records.

“I know everybody would be very, very keen and very anxious to finish in the top 10, especially this year where we aren’t that far divorced from a potential European place.

“Everything is there to play for but how well we can do will depend a lot on how we can keep our players fit and ready to play because we don’t have a massive squad of players, we don’t have a lot of young players who are really knocking the door down to get a game.

“The ones we have got are good and, if we can keep them fit, we can mount some sort of challenge and certainly try and keep ourselves in the top half of the table.”

Defender James Tomkins is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained before the season was suspended.

Jeffrey Schlupp has picked up a knock in training and Martin Kelly now has a calf injury to add to his thigh problem.

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