Hodgson: No stopping us now

By Site Editor
Last updated : 08 April 2012

Roy Hodgson insists nobody in the Albion camp will be easing off after confirming their Premier League status with a 3-0 victory over lowly Blackburn Rovers.

Albion started quickly and took the lead in the seventh minute when Martin Olsson could only divert Gareth McAuley’s header into his own net.

Marc-Antonie Fortune doubled the lead in the 69th minute before Liam Ridgewell opened his Albion account five minutes before full time with a glancing header.

The victory moved Albion on to 39 points and 11 points clear of Blackburn in 17th position.

"We were very anxious today this was going to be the game we were going to win and we would get to a last six games where we would be relatively comfortable and I could start to air the squad a little bit more than had we not won this game today,” said a relieved Hodgson.

"You could argue mathematically we're not over the line but I don't expect us to lose six games in a row because we've never done that - and I don't expect the other teams below us to take 12 points from six games.

"We don't intend to stop here though, we intend to win try and win every one of our six games."

The Baggies enjoyed the best opportunities in the first half, but were left thanking an excellent double save from Ben Foster after the break. Rovers came out with a more offensive approach after the break with the on loan stopper expertly keeping out Yakubu before saving Bradley Orr’s rebound.

Hodgson commented:"The 3-0 scoreline makes it look a more comfortable game than it was because all credit to Blackburn they worked very hard and they've got their style of play that they've mastered well and which does ask a lot of questions of your back-four and midfield.

"If you don't get into the right positions they can find goalscoring and shooting opportunities.

"But apart from the double save from Ben I don't think he was overly stressed in goal.

"It was nice that after the 2-0 we did start to relax and the opportunities were coming up one after the other.

"We were a bit wasteful to be honest.

"There were three or four occasions when we should have put people in on goal but didn't."

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