Hodgson refusing to panic

Baggies boss remains calm despite making slow start to season

Last Updated: 09/09/11 4:36pm

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Roy Hodgson is not reading too much into West Brom's slow start to the season, but accepts that they need to start picking up points.

The Baggies have suffered defeat in all three of their Premier League fixtures so far and are one of only three sides yet to get off the mark in 2011/12.

It is, however, not all doom and gloom at the Hawthorns, with results not reflecting the standard of performance.

Battling defeats have been suffered at the hands of Manchester United and Chelsea, while Stoke required a dramatic and controversial late winner to put them to the sword last time out.

Hodgson admits there are plenty of positives to be taken from their displays, but concedes that 'losing with valour doesn't get you points'.

Even keel

He said: "We've got to make certain we keep ourselves on an even keel.

"We've got to make sure we don't start getting too carried away by the fact it has been a bad start in terms of the points we've got on the board.

"Losing the Stoke game like we did on the back of our other two matches, means it is a bad start to the season.

"I've not been particularly unhappy with the way the team has played but of course we've got no points to show for our efforts.

"One hopes we will continue to play in the games at the right level and that it will bring results. That's all you can hope for.

"In general, we are ready to kick on again and face up to the next batch of games we have - and hopefully start getting some points on the board."

Timing

Hodgson has also played down fears regarding the Baggies' unfortunate knack of conceding late goals.

He added: "It hasn't been because we have been tiring in the latter stages of matches.

"In fact, certainly against Manchester United and Stoke, we were looking quite strong in the latter stages and conceded, if anything, against the run of play.

"The actual timing of the goals is one of those things that happen in football. There is no particular reason for it.

"Goals are scored early and late and sometimes you can make a big mistake trying to read something into it which actually isn't there."

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