Belfast Telegraph

Hodgson asks for backing from fans

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has risked incurring further wrath from disgruntled fans by claiming they should be getting behind the team instead of directing their anger at him.

Since taking over from Rafael Benitez in July, the 63-year-old has failed to win over the Anfield faithful and in Wednesday night's 1-0 home defeat to Wolves there were chants for Kenny Dalglish and also "Hodgson for England". The Reds boss believes the negativity directed at him is impacting on his team and called for more backing from the terraces.

"We've had to live that with quite a long time now as ever since I came here the famous Anfield support has not really been there," he said.

"I can only hope we do have good supporters and I hope these fans become supporters as well because this is a time when the club needs support.

"We are not deliberately losing these matches or deliberately not playing to the best of their ability.

"Now is the time for people to really try to help us along because it is not through want of trying."

Stephen Ward's first Premier League goal in the 56th minute was enough to secure Wolves' first away win since late March and inflict an eighth defeat on Hodgson's side, leaving them just three points above the relegation zone.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy felt his side, who lifted themselves off the bottom with their first away win since March, were not given enough credit for their performance.

"I think most people's perception of Wolves is that we are going down after being beaten by Wigan and being bottom of the league," he said. "They probably thought we would come here and sit back and get our backsides slapped and go home with nothing.

"We decided we weren't going to have that and we were going to come here and have a go. I guess fortune favours the brave."


From Belfast Telegraph