Belfast Telegraph

Hodgson looking up after big win

Roy Hodgson believes West Brom should target a top 10 finish in the Barclays Premier League after hailing striker Marc-Antoine Fortune as the "unsung hero" in their goal-laden revival during February.

Peter Odemwingie has grabbed most of the headlines with five goals in two games, including two in Saturday's 4-0 home win over Sunderland, despite operating in a wide right role.

But Hodgson pinpoints Fortune as a key figure as the lone striker in the 4-5-1 formation which has helped move Albion 11 points clear of the bottom three and aiming at a top half of the table position. The Baggies head coach said: "Getting six points from back-to-back wins is so vital in this league."

He added: "We knew if we achieved that then it would make a huge dent in our season as far as our ambitions are concerned.

"It now enables us to go into the last 12 games of the season thinking, 'Can we get in front of some of the teams above us?' and not be quite concerned about the bottom three.

"Our goal is to stay in this Barclays Premier League for a third successive season and make ourselves a more stable Barclays Premier League team.

"But we finished 11th last season and I don't see any reason why we can't suggest we are not capable of finishing just above the mid-way mark."

Fortune was loaned out to Doncaster earlier in the season and was behind Odemwingie, Shane Long, Somen Tchoyi and Simon Cox in the pecking order.

But the former Celtic player has been a revelation since being restored to a side which has scored nine goals in their last two matches.

Hodgson said: "Once again the player who will be the unsung hero from Saturday's game is Fortune. If I picked someone out it would be him."


From Belfast Telegraph