Hodgson calm despite Stoke setback

The Merseysiders have recovered well in recent weeks after a slow
start to the season with the setback at the Britannia Stadium –
which came courtesy of goals from Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones
– their first in seven games in all competitions. And former Fulham
boss Hodgson believes trying to maintain a degree of equilibrium
after wins and losses is key. “I don’t see why it (the defeat)
should give us enormous reason to doubt what we are doing or doubt
what we are capable of doing,” he told the club’s official website.
“I don’t expect this result to dent confidence any more than any
bad result does or any end to a good run dents your confidence. “We
are talking about two or three games in a season. I find it hard to
have to explain that every time you win a game things are flying
forward and when you get a bad result they are flying backwards.
“I’m a 38-to-55-game-a-season man and I make my judgment over that
period. “I don’t get euphoric when we play well against Chelsea and
I certainly won’t become anything other than realistic and
determined to move on to the next step when we lose a game. “The
conclusions that are being attempted to be drawn are too big
conclusions. “We’re realistic. We know we’ve still got some work to
do, get some players back to fitness and work at our game.” The
international break will frustrate Hodgson’s bid to work with his
players over the next few days but he remains confident he will get
it right. He added: “All you can do is work but unfortunately we
won’t have a lot of chance to work as some players are going away
with their national team. “The longer we work together the more the
players become attuned to what we want from them. “I don’t think I
need to fear one setback is going to throw us back into a bad