Hodgson calls for consistency

BY foxsports • December 9, 2011

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.


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