Listen: James McArthur on Crystal Palace’s resurgence under ex-England boss Roy Hodgson

James McArthur has hailed the effect Roy Hodgson has had on Crystal Palace.

The Eagles suffered the worst start to a season in Premier League history, losing their opening seven matches without scoring a single goal.

But they have been vastly improved under Hodgson, who replaced Frank de Boer as manager in September.

Palace are unbeaten in seven games and an impressive 3-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday saw them move out of the relegation zone.

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Asked what’s changed at Selhurst Park under Hodgson, McArthur told talkSPORT on Monday: “We are working very hard on the training ground. As soon as the manager came in, he obviously wanted us to play the way he has played for a number of years, and we are doing that now.

“We are very solid. When you usually become solid as a team, you lose that attacking threat, but we haven’t done that. We look like we are going to score in every game now.

“You notice his [Hodgson’s] experience. We played against Manchester City and Manchester United and, with other managers, you lose and they change. He doesn’t change one bit. He remains so calm.

“He spoke to the boys every every single day and made sure we were working hard on the training pitch to make it right.

“There is a long way to go, we know that. But we are playing with confidence right now and, rather than looking down, we are trying to look up and catch the teams above us.”

Palace’s resurgence owes much to the form of Wilfried Zaha, who has been in outstanding form in recent months.

“He is on fire right now,” said McArthur of his teammate. “Every time you give him the ball he is creating something.

“He is one of the players that the fans really want to watch and playing in the same team with him is a pleasure really.”

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