Belfast Telegraph

Hodgson praises good Fortune

West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson has hailed the renaissance of striker Marc-Antoine Fortune after his days looked numbered at the Hawthorns.

At the start of the season Fortune slipped down the pecking order behind Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Simon Cox, and the former Celtic player was even loaned out to npower Championship side Doncaster. But Fortune has fought his way back into Hodgson's plans, starting the last five games, including Sunday's 5-1 demolition of Wolves at Molineux.

Hodgson said: "He looks a different player. He continued to work hard and fight even through the lean moments where he was sometimes not even on the bench. I've admired him for that."

He added: "A little bit of confidence could be the reason for things looking up and his loan spell at Doncaster helped him a little bit as well.

"All those factors play a part and against Wolves on Sunday I thought he was very good."

Hodgson is now looking for Albion to improve their home record - just two wins at the Hawthorns this season - but does not believe there is a major problem.

He said: "I'd like to think our fans are good enough judges of football to agree with me in that our home games have been dogged by bad luck whereas away, we've got much more what we deserved."


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