Hodgson backs his strikers

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the side have enough qualify upfront despite being the Premier League's second-lowest scorers.

The Eagles have only scored 11 goals in their 15 league games so far this season, a campaign which is turning into a battle for survival.

A defeat away to rivals Brighton in midweek leaves Palace 15th in the table, three points above the bottom three.

They have conceded less than their closest rivals but it is in attack where they have struggled so far this season, though Hodgson insists there are quality strikers at the club who can score the goals to help the side climb the table.

Ahead of a trip to West Ham on Saturday, the Palace manager told a press conference: "I do not think we lack quality. I will accept the criticism that we have not been as good at converting some of the opportunities that we have created.

"With Conor Wickham now coming back to fitness, with Jordan Ayew playing well in my opinion, with (Alexander) Sorloth getting better all the time and with Christian Benteke not that far way, I don't know that it is right to complain about the paucity of talent of ability in the forward areas."

Palace are 9/4 to win at the London Stadium on Saturday with the Hammers 23/20 while the draw is 5/2.

The Eagles are in a poor fun of form, having just a solitary victory in their last 10 games in all competitions and Hodgson admitted he was disappointed with their defeat at Brighton, adding: "We all wanted to do better and know we should have done better.

"Nothing we do two days after can affect that, but we have to stop it affecting us going forward, starting with Saturday at West Ham."

Palace are 7/1 to be relegated while they are 11/2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

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