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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hodgson calls for reinforcements as Toffees beat Baggies in late show

WEST BROM boss Roy Hodgson needs financial backing to bring in the quality players needed to sustain the momentum he has generated at The Hawthorns since taking charge.

Hodgson saw his side slump to a 1-0 home defeat against Everton yesterday, courtesy of substitute Victor Anichebe's 87th-minute winner.

Albion are in a comfortable mid-table position despite the reversal, but have key players in skipper Chris Brunt, striker Shane Long and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu carrying injuries.



Missing

As a result, Hodgson is not relishing tomorrow evening's trip to Tottenham with the players missing from his squad, and knows new and quality signings are needed.

He said: "We won't be able to field our strongest side at Tottenham. We will only have one day's rest. It is not something I am looking forward to at the moment.

"If we are going to have a good season we need some help -- like all managers.

"I'd like to think we have got to the stage where the type of players that would help us would cost money and would demand high wages.

"I'm not certain at the moment that is the way we are looking to go forward.

"I'm not interested in bringing extra bodies or extra names into the club unless I am assured they are better than what we have got.

"Dan Ashworth (Albion sporting and technical director) knows about it. I don't know about anyone else."



Dropped

Hodgson added: "The fact that we've shot ourselves in the foot (by losing) has immediately dropped us down the table.

"We are going to be in the same type of battle not to lose our spot in the league as a lot of the other teams.

"It's the same for every team. All I ever hear about QPR is that they are going to spend a lot of money on a lot of players in January.

"We are all admiring Manchester City and how well they've spent whatever it is to put that team together. It is not rocket science."

Brunt will need a scan on his leg after pulling up sharply against the Toffees, while Long needed an injection to play with a back problem.

Everton boss David Moyes hailed the contribution of Anichebe, who put a four-month injury nightmare behind him to extend his side's unbeaten run to four games.

Anichebe suffered a groin injury when on international duty with Nigeria in September, and then an ankle setback with the Toffees.

But he marked his return by netting the decider.

Moyes said: "It was a serious (groin) injury. He has missed a lot of football. At times he lacks a bit of self-confidence but the goal and the reaction of the supporters will help him."

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