Roy salutes signing successes

Roy salutes signing successes

Published May. 15, 2011 11:37 a.m. ET

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson heaped praise on the club's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth after Saturday's 1-0 win over Everton.

Hodgson has hailed Ashworth for discovering Peter Odemwingie and Youssuf Mulumbu.

Leading scorer Odemwingie teed up Mulumbu for the only goal of the game to make Albion's points tally 19 from 11 games under Hodgson.

But the former Liverpool manager was happy to give the credit to Ashworth as the Baggies moved onto 46 points and in position to finish as the Midlands' leading club in the Premier League.


He said: "This group of players I have inherited have done a fantastic job for the club, they've done a fantastic job for me.

"I've got to make sure all the credit for what we've achieved goes to all the players that are here.

"But Dan Ashworth and the scouting staff must take all the credit for Odemwingie and Mulumbu and any other players you care to mention.

"They are players that come into the club for relatively small amounts of money and have succeeded.

"It is almost impossible to make every signing a winner.

"But, if you get it right, in the way he's got it right with Mulumbu and Odemwingie, he's going to be very happy."

Hodgson admitted he will be striving to strengthen the squad for next season.

He said: "We will be working hard - myself, Dan Ashworth and (owner) Jeremy Peace - to try and make sure we put together a squad of players that keeps us in the league next season.

"At this period of time, there are lots of players looking for clubs, lots of clubs looking for players so there will be activity during this close season.

"At the moment I don't have anything I can tell you of any interest and if you give me a list of the players we are supposedly associated with, I doubt if I would recognise more than 30% of them."

Everton boss David Moyes opted not to speak to the media after his side's defeat and sources close to the club indicated he was unhappy with some of the decisions of referee Anthony Taylor.

Taylor sent off Toffees substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for a challenge on James Morrison and even Hodgson felt it was a harsh decision.

Bilyaletdinov appeared to gesture with his hand towards the crowd as he left the playing area.

Everton skipper Phil Neville wrote on Twitter: "That was the story of our season.

"We had no cutting edge up front. One game to go. We've got to finish the season on a high."

Hodgson said: "David has got somewhere to go. You know David, he doesn't like to lose. I don't like to lose.

"He was in a remarkably good mood given the circumstances. He is fine.

"I thought the sending off was harsh. I don't like to see players sent off for those (challenges).

"I'm always sad when those tackles produce red cards because I'm 100% sure he didn't want to make a bad tackle.

"We get a little advantage but I know that one day it will go against me so I get no satisfaction from it.

"I thought it was a harsh decision but it's easy for coaches to sit back and criticise refereeing decisions. I don't think it affected the outcome of the game."