Hodgson calls for consistency

The Baggies impressed Hodgson in their win over Bolton and their

showing against Tottenham despite conceding to two late goals. Now

they have a further chance to cement a mid-table slot in the

Premier League with victory over Roberto Martinez’s struggling

side. The statistics weigh heavily in Albion’s favour as Wigan have

collected only four points from seven away games and managed just

four goals. Hodgson said: “In the last couple of home games, the

team has performed well and might have got a better result against

Spurs had Zoltan Gera not suffered his serious knee injury. “I just

hope we can go out and reproduce those performances and ensure

Wigan are concerned with how they stop us rather than us be over

concerned about how we stop them. “It’s a good opportunity and we

are aware of our responsibility. We are playing a team that is

below us in the table and have had a bad run up until now. “That

doesn’t mean that bad run will necessarily continue forever but we

are aware we are in a better position and we must take the

responsibility and try and win it.” Not that Hodgson will

underestimate the Latics who two weeks ago triumphed 2-1 at

Sunderland in what proved to be Steve Bruce’s last game in charge

at the Stadium of Light. He said: “Wigan are a footballing team

that try to play football at all times. “They have good movement

and a lot of offensive-minded players. In the games I’ve seen them

play, they have created chances despite not getting results.”

Midfielder James Morrison is convinced Albion will stay clear of

the relegation fight if they maintain their level of form. He said:

“As long as we keep doing what we are doing, we will win a few more

matches and should be okay. “We should be able to stay out of the

relegation battle. We’ve just got to look for consistency now. “It

is important to pick up points from the teams around you. With the

performances, we believe we can achieve a mid-table finish. “Last

season we had a sticky patch in December. We don’t want that again.

“But if we keep playing like recently, we will be alright this

season. The lads seem confident at the moment.” Hodgson has an

almost clean bill of health with the exception of Gera who will be

out for the remainder of the season with his knee injury. The head

coach has to decide whether to persevere with Graham Dorrans as the

support striker to Shane Long in a 4-4-1-1 formation or recall

Peter Odemwingie.