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Roy Hodgson urges Palace to show "enormous" discipline at Man City

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Palace have taken four points from their last two trips to the Etihad.
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Roy Hodgson admits his players will once again have to show "enormous powers of concentration" and discipline if they are to continue their good run of results away at Manchester City.

The Eagles travel to the Etihad Stadium having drawn 2-2 last season and left with a shock victory a year earlier.

Palace will go to Manchester on the back of a goalless draw at Arsenal – a match which they could have easily won after seeing James Tomkins hit the crossbar with a header.

Now Hodgson takes his squad north to take on a City side which has won four league games in a row and will be looking to keep the pressure on the teams above them in the table.

"You can make it difficult for teams but it takes such an awful lot of effort on behalf of players," he said on getting results against the best teams in the league.

"It's not so difficult to know what you've got to try and stop. That's not rocket science as such. The difficulty is dealing with the quality of the the players, the quality of their technique

"Even if you get your tactical work right, and your positions on the field right more often than not, and people work hard to keep their positions and take up the right positions, unfortunately a (Kevin) De Bruyne in these teams you play against, can undo you.

"That is a big danger. You do need to have such enormous powers of concentration and discipline in order to not relent, if you like, from what you are trying to do.

"You know the other team have such good quality players, the moment they find those gaps that you've worked hard to try and plug, when they get in there, they don't miss."

Despite some good recent results against top-six sides – including a win at Manchester United earlier in the campaign – Palace were thrashed 7-0 by Liverpool in December.

Hodgson maintains that rout remains a "one-off" as he aims to inflict more misery on Pep Guardiola this time out.

"That was such a one-off game, a one-off occasion, we simply have to put that in the realm of freak results," he added.

"On that day Liverpool were exceptionally good but more importantly they took almost every goal chance that they created.

"The players know what they are doing. They know their jobs on the field, they know what we expect of them, and as a result, if all goes well, it's more than possible that we can keep a clean sheet even against the top teams.

"All you can do is keep working on it and keep hoping that the experience the players get from these matches, or the confidence even, will help you as you go through them."

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16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
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18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City26195252163662
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2412483733440
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2632211543-2811
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