Hodgson unconcerned by loss

West Brom chief not too unhappy to go out of cup

Last Updated: 22/09/11 8:49am

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was not too unhappy to have been knocked out of the Carling Cup after going down 2-1 to Everton after extra-time.

The Baggies were just moments away from a place in the fourth round after Chris Brunt's penalty had given them the lead.

But in the last minute Marouane Fellaini volleyed home an equaliser, before Everton captain Phil Neville then popped up with the winner in the 103rd minute.

"It is very easy to draw a line under this and move on," said Hodgson.

"Any game you lose, even if it's in extra-time after a good performance, you don't feel great about it but on the other hand our priority is the league.

"Our goal is not to win the League Cup it is to get another season in the Premier League and, to be quite frank, it can be counter-productive for teams like ourselves.

"I couldn't ask for more than the players gave and had we won it we would have been happy.

Not particularly sad

"But losing it in the way we did doesn't make me particularly sad.

"That is what we have to make certain we are ready for it and in actual fact I would have preferred if Everton had scored their two goals in the 89th and 90th minutes.

"We wouldn't have had to waste 30 minutes of running for players who are playing on Saturday.

"We've drawn 1-1 in 90 minutes and more than deserved it."

Hodgson added: "It was a wonderful cup tie and I thought both teams played well - particularly us for long periods.

"I'm a bit saddened with two minutes to go we conceded a goal.

"But changing the team as much as I did (making nine changes) I thought they

did exceptionally well and I thought we deserved the win after 90 minutes."

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