Upbeat Roy Hodgson sees shards of light for Crystal Palace


The south London club, rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with five defeats out of five - and no goals scored - beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the third round on Tuesday. A hard start to the season has been made worse by internal and external politics and a president who can't seem to keep his mouth shut.

The Potters conceded twice inside the first ten minutes of the second half as Famara Diedhiou and Matt Taylor inflicted misery on the visitors to the west country.

And with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea making up Palace's next three fixtures, maybe De Boer is relieved to be out of there.

In September 2016, the Senegal global suffered a broken leg and jaw after he crashed his auto on the M4 motorway, before being airlifted to hospital. Hogg has been sidelined with an ankle injury and made his first appearance since helping the club win promotion as a late substitute in Saturday's home draw against Leicester.

This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the League Cup, although they have already met this season, with Huddersfield winning 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

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The last time the Eagles won a match was in the previous round of the Carabao Cup against Ipswich.

Brad Smith played 120 minutes as AFC Bournemouth progressed with a 1-0 win against Maty Ryan's Brighton, but the Socceroos goalkeeper was not in the squad.

Steve Parish has revealed it would have been "negligent" to not sack Frank de Boer as he opened up on his decision to part company with the Dutchman after just four Premier League matches. "But I know there's light at the end of the tunnel, and I started to see some shards of that".

"I've obviously been told from the club's point of view that survival's everything, that it would be unthinkable that we go down - and we're going to work during the months ahead to make sure it doesn't happen". Will he give a few other players a chance?