Roy Hodgson is all set to launch Crystal Palace's great escape bid, writes Danny Murphy

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Roy Hodgson will be thinking the escape for Crystal Palace starts now.

Although Palace got no points against Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea, there were many positives to take from these games.

Those mixed with getting Wilfried Zaha, Mamadou Sakho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Yohan Cabaye fit again means Roy will think this is when it begins.

Palace have shown what they can do against the big clubs.

They missed out but take that level of performance to Huddersfield and they will not lose.

This is a crucial run of matches for Palace coming up against teams at the bottom.

Having Zaha and Sakho back is a big plus, and Cabaye is an experienced France international.

There is no doubt their return will lift the rest of the team.

When you walk out of the tunnel and you have your big boys back, you feel better about yourselves and it gives you more chance of winning.