Fulham's head coach Roy Hodgson gestures during a training session at the Nordbank-Arena stadium taken on May 11, 2010 in Hamburg, northern Germany, one day ahead of the Europa League final Atletico Madrid vs Fulham. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Roy Hodgson will draw on his experiences with Fulham as he looks to pull off another escape act with Crystal Palace.

Hodgson last week took over a Palace side who had lost their first four Premier League matches without scoring a single goal.

That run extended to five games with Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Southampton, leaving Palace four points adrift at the foot of the table – with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea up next.

The situation reminded Hodgson of when he took over in the Craven Cottage hot seat a decade ago this December from Chris Coleman, with the club sitting in the Premier League drop zone, two points from safety and with only two league wins all season.

Fulham lost their first three league games under Hodgson (as well as being knocked out of the FA Cup by Bristol Rovers), and only took nine points from his first 13 games in charge.

But with relegation looking a certainty, Fulahm turned it around with four wins in their last five games, with a final-day victory over Portsmouth ensuring their survival.

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“We lost the first three (at Fulham),” Hodgson said. “It was a similar sort of thing: Arsenal, those type of teams.

"Don't forget, at Fulham, we got out of the relegation zone on the very, very last game of the season with a win at Portsmouth.

“So we lived with that hanging over our heads for a very long time, and we were greatly helped by the fans.

“The fans (at Palace) at the moment still believe this is going to change overnight, and are beginning to realise it won't.

“I've obviously been told that it would be unthinkable that we go down, and we're going to work during the months ahead to make sure it doesn't happen.”

In his first full season in charge of Fulham – boosted by the signings of Mark Schwarzer, Zoltan Gera, Chris Smalling and Andy Johnson, Hodgson led the Whites to a best ever finish on seventh and qualification for the new Europa League.

His second, and final, season saw Hodgson lead Fulham to the Europa League Final, where they lost to Atletico Madrid, having seen off Juventus in a stunning quarter-final comeback win, and voted LMA Manager of the Year before being snapped up by Liverpool.

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