Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Hodgson: Baggies must do better

Roy Hodgson

Head coach Roy Hodgson has warned West Brom must improve on their weekend performance against Everton if they are to stay clear of a relegation battle.

Hodgson is looking for an improvement in Tuesday night's clash at high-flying Tottenham, despite Albion's injury list lengthening with setbacks to skipper Chris Brunt and striker Shane Long. The Baggies did not force a single save out of Toffees keeper Tim Howard on Sunday, and then sloppy defensive work gifted substitute Victor Anichebe a late winner.

"It will be tough. Spurs are a tough team and are one of the candidates for the Champions League," said Hodgson.

"They are being hailed by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson as a potential candidate for winning the league. We don't pretend, even in our good moments, to be championship contenders!

"It's a championship contender against a team who will have to work very hard and play a lot better than we did against Everton to stay away from the relegation candidates.

"I would suggest that Tottenham will be favourites."

Hodgson has thrown down the challenge to West Brom's fringe players who will have to step up to the mark against Spurs.

Albion are already without defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, and now Brunt (leg) and Long (back) are struggling to be fit.

It means the likes of Somen Tchoyi, Simon Cox and Graham Dorrans will come into contention.

Hodgson said: "At the moment it is fair to say our injury situation is a fairly drastic one. Players who have been sitting on the bench for a long time will get a chance to show what they can do."

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