It's that exact team spirit that has enabled Hodgson to galvanise a depleted Crystal Palace squad and pull them well clear of trouble, despite a wretched start to the season.
The veteran Englishman took over from the sacked Frank de Boer with the Eagles in a perilous position but will feel a keen sense of redemption after leading his boyhood club to a highly-creditable finishing place of 11th.
"I am quite sanguine about it all, and like the fans and the players, want to keep him, and believe that we will have something quite serious to offer ourselves".
The hosts finally got the goal they deserved on 70 minutes with the lively Zaha converting Patrick van Aanholt's cross from the left for his ninth goal of the season.
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Baggies keeper Ben Foster then denied Wilfried Zaha with his legs, with Grzegorz Krychowiak having West Brom's only effort of the half. In a show of one-touch football, Yohan Cabaye, Townsend and Loftus-Cheek combined to send Van Aanholt one-on-one with Foster, who he casually rounded before firing low and into the back of the net.
- West Brom have finished bottom of the top-flight for a record 10th season and the second time in the Premier League era (also 2008-09).
Zaha has been in sparkling form this season, scoring eight goals as Palace avoided relegation under manager Roy Hodgson.
Now older and more experienced, Zaha has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League of late, which led to him collecting April's Player of the Month award.