Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson admits the struggles in front of goal have affected the players’ confidence but he feels there were encouraging signs in Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Everton.
Crystal Palace have scored only five times in nine Premier League games this season and once in their last four following the result at Goodison Park, their third straight defeat.
Jordan Pickford saved Eagles captain Luka Milivojevic’s 60th-minute penalty before substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun netted late on.
Palace boss Hodgson, whose side are two points above the relegation zone in 15th place, said when asked about the problems in front of goal: “Of course it does (affect confidence), there’s no doubt about that.
“But having said that, we’re coming to Everton, they’re on the back of two very good results, and I thought for the best part not only did we defend well enough to stifle most of their efforts, I thought we also looked pretty dangerous going forward.
“If we can continue to do that, the goals will definitely come.
“Luka has only missed two penalties out of about nine or 10, so I’m sure he’ll score the next one. I’m sure we’ll get penalties and opportunities, because we do send people forward, into the opposition’s box.”
As the visitors applied pressure in the first half, James Tomkins headed a decent chance wide, Milivojevic’s free-kick was turned behind by Pickford and Cheikhou Kouyate’s header hit the bar.
With them having won only two of the first nine, Palace’s next four league fixtures see them face Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Hodgson said with regard to heading into that tough-looking schedule: “My mindset is that we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing.
“We’ll continue to prepare as best we can to make certain the players know what they are going to come up against.
“We’ll continue to work hard at the way we play to make certain we’re as organised as we can possibly be.
“And then, of course, we’ll be hoping the chances that come our way are taken and we’re able to defend well enough to stifle the opposition.
“Certainly in most of the last games we haven’t exactly been staring down the barrel of a gun for long periods of time in terms of the opponents scoring, but we can do a bit more ourselves, and I think we started to show that (against Everton).
“in the first 60 minutes, we were quite dangerous I thought.”