Hodgson's Palace create unwanted record

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson (right) has plenty of work to do after a fifth straight defeat for his new team.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson (right) has plenty of work to do after a fifth straight defeat for his new team. Mike Hewitt

FORMER England manager Roy Hodgson knows he has a tough task on his hands at Crystal Palace after watching his new team create an unwanted new record for the English Premier League.

The Eagles became the first side in the competition to lose its first five games of a campaign and fail to score after a 1-0 home defeat by Souithampton.

Palace, which is now three points adrift at the bottom of the ladder, is also the first top-flight team in the history of English football (since 1888) to lose its first five games and score no goals.

"I still believe in the long-term, these players will pick themselves up from where they have been knocked down to," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"It's going to be a long road and there might be some more pain before we see some light at the end of the tunnel."

It will not get any easier for Palace and Hodgson with the next three fixtures in the EPL against Manchester City away, Manchester United at Old Trafford and Chelsea at home.

At the other end of the ladder Manchester City laid down a marker with a 6-0 win at Watford to move three points clear at the top.

United had a chance to draw level with a home clash against Everton overnight.

Sergio Aguero was the star for City with a hat-trick, with Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling adding the others.

There was more frustration for Spurs and Liverpool, with both teams dominating but having to settle for draws.

Tottenham's poor run at Wembley continued with a 0-0 draw against a resolute Swansea City outfit set up take a point back to south Wales.

Liverpool had 35 shots against Burnley but only one went in.

Burnley went ahead through Scott Arfield's crisp finish on a rare foray forward in the 27th minute.

Mohamed Salah equalised three minutes later but the seemingly inevitable second goal never materialised and the Reds could have lost had Joel Matip not cleared Ben Mee's header off the line late in the game.

Newcastle United won 2-1 at home to Stoke for its third straight victory to move up to fourth, while Huddersfield and Leicester drew 1-1.

West Brom and West Ham played out a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns.

EPL scores: Watford 0 Man City 6, Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1, Huddersfield 1 Leicester 1, Liverpool 1 Burnley 1, Newcastle 2 Stoke 1, West Brom 0 West Ham 0 Spurs 0 Swansea 0

Topics:  burnley crystal palace english premier league huddersfield town leicester city liverpool manchester city roy hodgson sergio aguero southampton swansea city tottenham hotspur west bromwich albion west ham united

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