Roy admits relegation fight

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Under-fire boss Roy Hodgson has accepted Liverpool find themselves in a relegation battle after another shock home defeat.

Liverpool boss takes responsibility after another home defeat

Under-fire boss Roy Hodgson has accepted Liverpool find themselves in a relegation battle after another shock home defeat. After the embarrassing Carling Cup loss to Northampton, the Reds went down 2-1 to Premier League newcomers Blackpool to sit in the top-flight relegation zone heading into the international break. Hodgson admits Liverpool's start to the campaign is unacceptable and conceded they could find themselves in a survival battle this season. "Things are looking really, really bleak. It has been said that if you are in the bottom three, you are in a relegation fight, and I would have to go along with that," admitted Hodgson. "But I'm not thinking too much about relegation with 31 games left. My concerns are that we are not playing to our full potential, or are only doing it in periods. In the first half we were punished for a lacklustre display. "We had the ball as much as they did but didn't do anywhere near enough with it to satisfy my demands, the club's demands or the players' demands on themselves." The Kop chanted the name of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, who was overlooked for a return to the manager's job this summer, towards the end of the game and Hodgson can understand the fans' frustrations. He said: "The fans are entitled to voice their frustrations, they are a frustrated group at the moment. "I am the one responsible because I am the team manager. When the team does badly then the criticism is going to fall my way and I have to accept it."

Work

Liverpool sit in 18th place, with just six points from seven matches, and Hodgson admits he has got his work cut out to rectify the situation. "There is a lot of work to do and a lot of things to sort out," said Hodgson, whose side have now not won in five matches in all competitions. "The only thing I can take heart from is that the spirit from the team is still there because I couldn't have asked for any more in the second half. "We were really anxious to get back on the right track with this result but we were unable to do it and no words will make the situation any better. "It is pointless to try to be positive because we lost the game.
Nightmare result
"Their great result is our nightmare result. It is a very bad day. "At the moment things look bleak and really bad and it is difficult for me to put a bright face upon it."

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