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Hodgson wants run for Palace safety

Huddersfield Town 0 Crystal Palace 2

Escape plan: Roy Hodgson
Escape plan: Roy Hodgson

By Mark Walker

Roy Hodgson has targeted another long unbeaten run after Crystal Palace's 2-0 win at relegation rivals Huddersfield kick-started their survival bid.

Palace climbed back out of the bottom three after four straight defeats thanks to James Tomkins' early close-range finish and Luka Milivojevic's second-half penalty.

"The most important thing for us today was to come away from Huddersfield with a result, ideally a win, but certainly not a defeat, to make certain we could keep our hopes of staying in the division alive," said Hodgson, whose side moved two points clear of the relegation zone- up to 16th.

"Had we not done that, the gap to teams like Huddersfield gets greater and it's difficult enough - we know how difficult it is, we had to make up eight points to get out of the relegation zone the first time. We had to win a lot of games and win a lot of points. We went on an unbeaten run of about 12 or 13 games to do that, so we know how tough it is."

David Wagner acknowledged his side were off the pace. Too many misplaced passes put them under pressure and left their high-pressing game out of sync.

"If you give the ball away too easily the distances between you and your team-mates are too big and then you're never able to win the ball back after you've lost it," said the German.

"We were always a yard or two too late and never able to come into the battles and the challenges."

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