“I think the last thing we would ever be doing is lamenting that we’ve lost a player through injury. Once we start doing that we are accepting defeat, and I don’t intend to accept defeat.”
Hodgson would like his side to take some of the positives from Sunday’s narrow loss to Arsenal into their upcoming games at Molineux and against Southampton (March 13, 2pm KO), admitting individual quality and excellent goals were the difference at Vicarage Road.
He has continued to show his pleasure at the dedication of his team in training and is excited to see that translate into improvements on the pitch, believing sometimes the Hornets have come up short with results even in good displays.
He reflected: “There were a lot of good things [against Arsenal]. Large swathes of our play were pretty good, the shape of the team was pretty good throughout, the problem is when you play the top teams, if a chance comes their way they are capable of scoring very good goals. Each of their three goals were well taken.