Tuesday 12 November 2019

Hodgson passes round the praise


John Curtis

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson heaped praise on the club's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth for discovering Peter Odemwingie and Youssuf Mulumbu.

Leading scorer Odemwingie teed up Mulumbu for the only goal of the game to make Albion's points tally 19 from 11 games under Hodgson. But the former Liverpool manager was happy to give the credit to Ashworth as the Baggies moved to 46 points and in position to finish as the midlands' leading club in the Premier League.

"This group of players I have inherited have done a fantastic job for the club, they've done a fantastic job for me," he said. "I've got to make sure all the credit for what we've achieved goes to all the players that are here.

"But Dan Ashworth and the scouting staff must take all the credit for Odemwingie and Mulumbu and any other players you care to mention. They are players that come into the club for relatively small amounts of money and have succeeded. It is almost impossible to make every signing a winner. But, if you get it right, in the way he's got it right with Mulumbu and Odemwingie, he's going to be very happy."

Hodgson admitted he will be striving to strengthen the squad for next season. "There are lots of clubs looking for players so there will be activity during this close season,'' he added. "At the moment I don't have anything I can tell you of any interest and if you give me a list of the players we are supposedly associated with, I doubt if I would recognise more than 30pc of them."

Everton boss David Moyes opted not to speak to the media after his side's defeat and sources close to the club indicated he was unhappy with some of the decisions of referee Anthony Taylor. Taylor sent off Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for a challenge on James Morrison and Bilyaletdinov appeared to gesture with his hand towards the crowd as he left the pitch.

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