Crystal Palace’s remarkable transformation under Roy Hodgson shows no sign of slowing down after Ebere Eze scored both goals in a convincing 2-0 win over Southampton at St Mary’s.
Palace were the last of the 92 teams in England’s top four divisions to win a league game in 2023 but their struggles under Patrick Vieira are now a distant memory after a third straight win under Hodgson.
Eze was the star turn, converting from close range after Gavin Bazunu had parried Jordan Ayew’s cross into his path to break the deadlock (54).
If his first was instinctive, Eze’s second was mesmeric as he collected Cheick Doucoure and danced away from Moussa Djenepo before beating Bazunu from 25 yards to seal the victory (68).
The result moves Palace on to 36 points, a healthy nine clear of the relegation zone while Southampton look destined for the Championship on this evidence, still four points adrift of safety with seven games remaining.
More to follow…
Southampton: Bazunu (5), Maitland-Niles (5), Bednarek (5), Bella-Kotchap (6), Walker-Peters (6), Walcott (5), Ward-Prowse (6), Lavia (6), Aribo (5), Sulemana (5), Alcaraz (6).
Subs: Onuachu (6), Stuart Armstrong (n/a), Djenepo (5), Edozie (n/a).
Crystal Palace: Johnstone (7), Ward (7), Andersen (7), Guehi (7), Mitchell (7),
Eze (9), Doucoure (8), Schlupp (7), Olise (8), Edouard (6), Ayew (7).
Subs: Milivojevic (n/a), Sambi Lokonga (n/a), Hughes (6), Mateta (n/a), Tomkins (n/a).
Player of the match: Ebere Eze.
Next up for Southampton is a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face league leaders Arsenal on Friday April 21, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 8pm.
Friday 21st April 7:00pm
Kick off 8:00pm
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace host Everton on Saturday April 22; kick-off 3pm.
Southampton’s remaining fixtures
April 21: Arsenal (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports
April 27: Bournemouth (H) – Premier League, kick-off 7.45pm
April 30: Newcastle (A) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm
May 8: Nottingham Forest (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports
May 13: Fulham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 20: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 28: Liverpool (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm
Crystal Palace’s remaining fixtures
April 22: Everton (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
April 25: Wolves (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7.30pm
April 29: West Ham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm
May 6: Tottenham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 13: Bournemouth (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 20: Fulham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
May 28: Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm