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Roy Hodgson sets sights on January reinforcements to aid Palace fight

• Palace manager believes his squad does not have enough depth
• The forward line is an obvious area of weakness

Roy Hodgson’s belief that Crystal Palace’s survival hopes depend on improving their squad in January was reinforced by his second string’s capitulation against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

Although Hodgson does not think the 4-1 defeat at Ashton Gate on Tuesday will have a bearing on the crucial home game against West Ham United on Saturday, the Palace manager was alarmed by the way his fringe players failed to impress after being handed rare starts against Championship opponents. The experience taught Hodgson that the Premier League’s bottom side must focus on the lack of depth and quality beyond their first 11 when the transfer window opens.

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