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Hodgson pleased with Anfield victory

21 Nov 2010 - 11:25:34

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was pleased with his side's performance in the comfortable 3-0 home victory over rock-bottom West Ham United.

First-half goals from Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez gave the Reds a first win in three games and lifted them into the top half of the Premier League table.

Hodgson said afterwards: "It was important to win and I think we did it in some style. We knew what we had to do today.

"We got the three points we needed and we got it with not only a good performance but a thoroughly professional performance.

"I don't think the words comfortable and relaxed are words us managers use too often, but if you're not comfortable 3-0 up at half-time and they've not had a shot on goal you're never going to be."

Hodgson also paid tribute to England full-back Glen Johnson, whose form he had questioned recently.

He added: "I think Glen profited from the fact he has been obliged to undergo an enforced rest with the injury, but has been fit and trained hard all week.

"He was full of running, enthusiasm and energy and scored the important first goal.

"Today his performance, as for all of the back four, was pretty-nigh perfect. Glen is a top-class player and it was nice to see him playing so well."

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