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

situation.”