The cheers that greeted Hodgson at the start were replaced by jeers when the Croydon-born boss chose to replaced Loftus-Cheek with Bakary Sako.
And while Palace will surely show more faith in 70-year-old replacement Roy Hodgson, an experienced "safe pair of hands" appointed to guide the club through the mess rather than revolutionise their style of play, question marks will undoubtedly be asked if he too endured a hard start to life with the London club.
Hodgson, who has been out of management since he resigned following England's humiliating exit at Euro 2016 losing to minnows Iceland, said going behind early on ― to a sixth minute goal by Steven Davis― had prompted his players to go into their shell. They are performing poorly in this season.
"I thought in the second-half we got up to the ball better".
The win hands Mauricio Pellegrino his first away win since he took charge on the south coast, while Hodgson faces an uphill battle to turn Palace's form around, especially with their next three matches pitting them against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
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"At Fulham I had 18 games, West Brom 12 games", he recalled.
"I don't look at four matches, I'm looking at 34 matches", Hodgson, the second oldest active manager in English football's top four divisions, said.
Southampton put in a solid display to come away from Selhurst Park with all three points on Saturday, as Crystal Palace set a Premier League record for the longest ever run without a goal from a club at the start of a campaign. But nothing I can say will change those five results, nothing I can say will score a goal in those five games or give us any points from those five games.
"I believe the team will stay up", Hodgson said at his first press conference as Palace manager.
"As far as I am concerned, it is, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, it's everyone at the club, hierarchy, players, chairman and owners and most importantly perhaps of all, the fans". The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals'.