The Baggies boss feels his team need another 14 points if they are to beat the drop while counterpart Brendan Rodgers hails a 'fantastic' win for the visitorsRoy Hodgson has admitted that West Brom’s awful home record will have to improve if they are to avoid relegation this season.
The Baggies went down to their eighth Premier League loss at the Hawthorns in 12 matches after Swansea City came from a goal down to triumph 2-1.
All the goals came in six second-half minutes where Marc Antoine-Fortune gave the home side the lead before Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised little more than 60 seconds later and Danny Graham soon hit the winner.
The defeat leaves West Brom just six points off the relegation zone and Hodgson acknowledged that their form would have to change in front of their home supporters.
“If we’re going to consistently lose our home matches then we’re going to be hard put to get the necessary number of points we need to get away from home,” he told reporters.
“It’s pretty much a statement of the obvious which we’re totally aware of. We need to get at least 14 more points to give ourselves a chance.”
Hodgson said he was disappointed with his side’s first-half performance but added that Albion had deserved a penalty for a handball from Ashley Williams.
“All too familiar I’m afraid. We keep giving ourselves a chance and getting in good situations but we come to play at home in front of our crowd we disappoint them by not being able to get a result,” he said.
“It’s the vicious circle which can only be broken by us getting a result and we don’t seem capable of doing it.
“I don’t think we played at all well in the first-half and yet when you see the TV replays it is quite amazing that we didn’t get that penalty which would have probably taken us to the half-time interval leading one-nil perhaps a little against the run of play.
“I would defy anybody to say that’s not hand-ball and it’s very disappointing that such a clear hand-ball was not seen because I’m sure the Swansea players have basically accepted their fate.
“But I don’t think we particularly deserved to be one-nil up at half-time. But when we took the lead I thought maybe this is going to be a situation now where we get a result but it only lasted a minute the lead and you find yourselves suddenly two goals to one down and then it’s a familiar pattern, the last 20 minutes we worked very hard.
“Chances are there for you but we’re not taking them, in particular Peter [Odemwingie’s] miss from such close range, those misses are very, very crucial.
“If he’d had scored it we might have been saying we’re happy with our day’s work but he didn’t score it so once again we’ll go away extremely unhappy.”
Hodgson though refused to be too critical of Odemwingie for his miss from six yards out when the goal had been gaping.
He added: “Football’s a game about mistake people make errors. It’s unusual for a player of his ability to miss from that range but we might not be in this situation playing Swansea in the Premier League this year if it hadn’t been for what he did for us last year.”
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was understandably delighted with his side’s win and he praised their mentality and technical ability under difficult conditions as they registered just their second away victory.
“That was a fantastic win for us today. I thought we demonstrated a lot of us what is good about our game. People might look at conditions and could we play could we pass but the lads were fantastic today,” he told reporters.
“It’s one where we said before the game we don’t want any excuses. Today’s a day you could say it’s cold it’s snowy. For me my mentality was it would benefit [us]. That wee extra bit of zip in the grass to ensure to that it would move nice and quickly and I’m very fortunate that we bring in players that are highly gifted technically.
“And you see them playing in conditions like that today their technique was wonderful and they are tactically and mentally very strong and they got their rewards.”
On Sigurdsson, who put in a brilliant performance capped by a goal and an assist, he added: “I put him in the team when he was manager of Reading. I felt in the second-half of the season we could still play three in midfield but we maybe needed one more a little bit more offensive and Gylfi fits the bill perfectly.”
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