Roy Hodgson wants to copy his Fulham and West Brom survival heroics with Crystal Palace.

The 70-year-old has watched the Eagles, undermined by a succession of injuries and the improving form of their rivals, return to the division's bottom three having already once fought their way to mid-table.

Hodgson had inspired a remarkable improvement after Palace lost their opening seven league fixtures without scoring a solitary goal, but the threat of relegation has again grown and largely because that start to the season has left them with so little margin for error.

Having guided Fulham to survival on the final day of the 2007-08 season and then Albion to safety four years later having only been appointed as late in the season as February, Hodgson was asked if Palace would need to do similarly, and he said: "We will, there is no doubt about that.

"Any teams who are going to avoid relegation will have strong ends to the season. You have got to string results together. I remember both of those periods very strongly. The one at Fulham was more dramatic because it went to the last day.

"The West Brom one was done a bit less dramatically so we did not feel the sword was hanging over us quite as long as at Fulham.

"On both occasions I remember the enormous joy and satisfaction that the players and the whole club took, having overcome a very difficult obstacle in front of them and come out the other side smelling of roses.

"There is no alternative but to keep your nerve and to remain as calm as you can."