Belfast Telegraph

Trouble at home for Hodgson

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has no doubt his side are in a relegation battle - and that their results at home must improve if they are to emerge from it unscathed.

Albion were beaten 2-1 by Norwich at The Hawthorns on Saturday - their third straight loss in the league and seventh in the 11 top-flight fixtures at their own ground this term, during which they have managed to score just eight goals.

That record is concerning Hodgson, who said: "I've had lots of times in my career when I've had long runs of away defeats, but I don't know if I can remember seven home defeats. It is a very negative statistic."

He added: "If we are going to survive in this league and get to where we want to be, we need to take points at home and once again we have failed to do so."

Asked if he felt his side were in a relegation fight, Hodgson said: "We have been in that for a long time, and will be in it for a long time to come.

"There are a lot of teams in it because all you need is a couple of bad results and then you are dragged right down there."

He added: "The morale is nowhere near as high now as it was last season when we were winning games, or not getting beaten. But it is a very common dilemma and one which comes about because we are in a result-oriented business.

"Every time you are not winning, everyone at the club is unhappy. It is as it is and we will have to deal with it."

Andrew Surman's volley handed Norwich the advantage in the 43rd minute, before fit-again Shane Long came off the bench and equalised with a penalty in the 68th minute following Daniel Ayala's foul on Jerome Thomas.

It was not enough to salvage them a point, though, as a Canaries breakaway 11 minutes from time saw Steve Morison nod in the winner from a Grant Holt cross.

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