Sam Allardyce says Roy Hodgson must instil confidence into Crystal Palace’s players to avoid relegation.

The Eagles are bottom of the Premier League after losing seven successive games. They have shipped 17 goals and have failed to score.

Allardyce took over a poor Palace side devoid of belief last season, but managed to secure their top-flight status.

And the former England boss has given Hodgson advice on how to get the best out of his under-performing stars.

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He said: “Roy is exceptionally good and he has been in this position before with other football clubs.

“It's getting that best eleven on the pitch and building their confidence.

“That was a part of why we got out of trouble last year. We grew their confidence by making the team more compact, more solid.

“Then the quality players scored goals that turned a draw into a win, and a loss into a draw.”