Hodgson not targeting cup run

BY foxsports • August 22, 2011

Hodgson has had so many nights to forget in the Carling Cup that he cannot even remember the competition's name. He is also under the mistaken impression that he has failed to win a single tie since returning to England almost four years ago. He actually lost three of four Carling Cup games in charge of Fulham and Liverpool. "I've yet to win a Carlsberg Cup tie, or whatever you call it," said Hodgson. "I don't even know what it's called and I've yet to win one. "So I've got a 100% record since coming back to England. "I've played four, lost four, I think. That's how it goes." Hodgson will be expected to improve his record at Bournemouth on Tuesday night, but his only focus is keeping the Baggies in the top flight for another season. Asked if he was hungry for more European football, he said: "I don't know about hungry. "It was a hard time there and, to be frank, at the moment my goal at West Bromwich Albion is a very, very simple one, and a very clear one. "It's a long while - I think I might go as far to say it'll actually be the first time - that if we come up, stay in the league a year, and stay in the league yet again, that would be the first time in the Barclays Premier League. "So that's my goal." That echoes the views of many Premier League managers and explains why Hodgson may make changes on Tuesday. "It's not always a case of resting players," he said. "I've also got one or two players I actually want to have a look at. "There are people like Graham Dorrans and people like Marek Cech, who are bone fide first-team players who have not had much chance at the moment to show what they can do. "This might be a chance for me to give them that opportunity and won't regard that as resting players, because I think they're every bit as capable."

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