No rift with Johnson - Hodgson

BY foxsports • November 20, 2010

Reports had claimed the pair had fallen out in the wake of last weekend's defeat at Stoke, but there was no sign of trouble as Johnson got the first goal at Anfield. "I think it's more correct to say people made mischief about a conversational comment that was no way directed at Glen," Hodgson told ESPN afterwards. "People in his camp have tried to hit back in a childish manner. Talk about a storm in a teacup, this was the original storm in a teacup. "I've always had a good relationship with him, he's a good player and I know what he can do. He was more than fit and raring to go." Johnson was also happy to be back in the groove and added: "I didn't need to hear it from the boss, I knew I wasn't playing the best. It was nice to do well. "It was nice to play, I've missed six out of seven and wanted to come back and it's nice to come back well." The win increased the pressure on Hammers boss Avram Grant, with a number of the disgruntled visiting fans leaving before the final whistle. "Today we played poor," said the Israeli. "In the last weeks we've played well. We didn't come into the game in the first half, in the second I was happy with the response of the players. "The players looked like they wanted to succeed in this game, but something's not going well. "We didn't play well like we did in the last weeks. "The fans were great and supported the team. But they must know it is not easy to play with so many players that couldn't play. "We take the second-half performance and I'm sure we can win the next game because they are games we can win."

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