Hodgson wants to be top dog
Roy Hodgson is hoping West Bromwich Albion can finish the season as the highest placed Midlands club.
Last Updated: 21/05/11 5:11pm
Roy Hodgson is hoping West Bromwich Albion can finish the season as the highest placed Midlands club in the Premier League.
The Baggies are currently 11th in the standings and sit one point ahead of Aston Villa ahead of the final round of fixtures on Sunday.
West Brom have not finished above all their local rivals for 32 years and Hodgson is keen to secure a positive result at Newcastle United.
"We are less motivated by the thought that the players or the club, in terms of bonuses, might earn a little more money," Hodgson told the club's official website.
"We are motivated more by the fact we can finish in the highest possible league position and, in particular, finish above our Midland rivals and be top dog in the Midlands for the first time in many years."
Villa are the only club from the region who can now overtake West Brom and Hodgson is not expecting a favour from their opponents, his former club Liverpool.
He added: "I think we need a result because Aston Villa are perfectly capable of getting a result in their home game. We can't rely on them losing.
"If they were to take a point and we lose they would pip us on goal difference, which would be disappointing.
"It is important we go up to Newcastle and try to get the win we need which would mean we are untouchable in our position. That is what we are trying for."
The Baggies will be without Peter Odemwingie at St James' Park because of an ankle injury and Hodgson believes his top scorer needs a rest.
He said: "Peter Odemwingie won't play in this game for a variety of reasons.
"I don't know which is the most important to be perfectly honest. He's got an ankle problem we've been nursing him through.
"Equally important is that he's played a year-and-a-half's football without having the chance to get a break and in particular get the chance to go back and see his mother in Moscow.
"Thirdly, he has got matches coming up for Nigeria quite a long way into June."