Palace tried to fight back and created a couple of chances that Christian Benteke failed to take. It was interesting interviewing James Morrison a few years ago and hearing the Scotland worldwide, who is not the sort of person to say things just for the sake of it, talk so highly of Hodgson.
Everyone who arrived had the mentality Hodgson wanted and he deliberately picks players with that type of mindset to fit into his team. At the age of 70, and following a humiliating England exit, this won't be easy. The answer? Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
The former England and Fulham manager oversaw his first training session at Palace's Beckenham training ground yesterday after signing a two-year contract to succeed Frank de Boer.
If you embrace Hodgson's ideas, they work. Some did, others didn't.
The match marked a losing start for new Palace manager Roy Hodgson. The Northern Ireland worldwide slotted his shot from eight yards into the bottom corner past Joel Ward's outstretched leg.
Andros Townsend wasted a good chance to equalise on the stoke of half-time following Puncheon's long ball down the left channel but the winger blazed his 10-yard half-volley into the side netting.
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You could definitely argue that his predecessor, De Boer, never really got that time to put his mark on the team.
Next up in the league, Palace have games against Manchester City and Manchester United away, and Chelsea at home.
That's why Hodgson has to drill into this lot the importance of keeping their shape. Palace can't be this bad in the 2nd half, can they? Unfortunately for Hodgson, the finishing from Benteke and Co was off, while Forster was having one of those days.
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However, the mood changed in the 78th minute when he made a decision to substitute Loftus-Cheek.
Writing his weekly column for Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Liverpool legend Jan Molby has said he understands the appointment, but pointed out it's not going to push the Selhurst Park club forward.