No home comforts for Roy

Albion were beaten 2-1 by Norwich at The Hawthorns on Saturday,

which cut the gap between themselves in 15th and the Premier League

drop zone to five points.

It was West Brom’s third straight loss in the league and seventh

in the 11 top-flight fixtures at their own ground this term, during

which they have managed to score just eight goals.

That record is concerning Hodgson, who said: “I’ve had lots of

times in my career when I’ve had long runs of away defeats, but I

don’t know if I can remember seven home defeats.

“It is a very negative statistic. If we are going to survive in

this league and get to where we want to be, we need to take points

at home and once again we have failed to do so.”

Asked if he felt his side were in a relegation fight, Hodgson

said: “We have been in that for a long time, and will be in it for

a long time to come.

“There are a lot of teams in it because all you need is a couple

of bad results and then you are dragged right down there.”

He added: “The morale is nowhere near as high now as it was last

season when we were winning games, or not getting beaten.

“But it is a very common dilemma and one which comes about

because we are in a result-oriented business.

“Every time you are not winning, everyone at the club is

unhappy. It is as it is and we will have to deal with it.”

West Brom, who had not netted in their previous three league

matches, went close in the first half, with Peter Odemwingie’s shot

being tipped on to the bar and James Morrison having an effort

cleared off the line, only for Andrew Surman’s volley to then hand

Norwich the advantage in the 43rd minute.

Fit-again Shane Long came off the bench and equalised with a

penalty in the 68th minute following Daniel Ayala’s foul on Jerome

Thomas, bringing Albion’s goal drought to an end.

It was not enough to salvage them a point, though, as a Canaries

breakaway 11 minutes from time saw Steve Morison nod in the winner

from a Grant Holt cross.

Long, who returned to action after being sidelined recently by a

back problem, feels the Baggies have been playing better than

results would suggest at home but need to start making it


“I think in a lot of the games we have played well,” Long told

Albion Player.

“We are losing to teams around us, which is not helping us, and

if you look at the likes of Wigan and Stoke, there are a lot of

games there that we should not have lost.

“But just a sucker blow at the end and that’s it – the points

are gone. It is something we have to learn from.

“We are halfway through the season now, but we have got a long

way to go still and hopefully if we keep playing well, we can start

turning performances into results.”

It was a second consecutive away win for Norwich, who remain

ninth in the table and have amassed an impressive tally of 28

points from their 21 Premier League fixtures since winning

promotion to the top-flight last summer.

They are still looking for their first clean sheet of the

season, but when asked if that worried him, Canaries manager Paul

Lambert said: “It would do if we weren’t winning games.

“We gave away a penalty, but the most important thing is that we

are winning.

“That is the nature of the beast – you just have to try to win

more games than not, and the group have certainly done that.

“It would be nice to walk away with a clean sheet and the lads

are desperate for it, but we are winning games.”

Meanwhile, Lambert revealed that goalkeeper Declan Rudd, who was

replaced in the team yesterday by first-choice stopper John Ruddy

having played in last weekend’s FA Cup win over Burnley, could be

facing a couple of months out after injuring his ankle.