Second half goals from James McArthur and Patrick van Aanholt cancelled out
No team has ever stayed up after losing their first 7 games— Coral (@Coral) May 5, 2018
No team has ever stayed up after not scoring in their first 7 games
Step forward Roy Hodgson, and Crystal Palace are now just 3 points off the top half of the table 礪 pic.twitter.com/prIlwavY66
"After seven games, or after 11 games with four points, I never saw it coming," Hodgson told BBC following the game, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
"I was hoping it would be a low-scoring year in terms of points for the lower sides and we'd just scrape over the line.
"But we came here, basically safe, I couldn't see us going down with 38 points, so I think it was a great show of character from us to come here and play really well.
"It's probably the thing I'm most proud of, it's not easy having that euphoria from last week, and then come to a place like this where they're fighting for their lives and put on a performance like we did. I would have been disappointed if we hadn't got the win following the performance we put in."
While the victory at bet365 Stadium validated Hodgson and his teams' work, the 70-year-old was however left feeling subdued having had to watch Paul Lambert's side lose their fight against relegation.