“Southampton have got plenty of quality players, and despite their recent run they should be full of confidence because they’re in a nice position in the table, and they’re playing at home,” said Hodgson, 74.
“Ralph’s done a good job there, and I think they were clever in their recruitment bringing him in. They’ll have probably been rubbing their hands together when they saw our result at Wolves, but we’ve got to do everything in our power to scotch that thought.
“I knew when I took on this job that it was going to be a difficult challenge, and it certainly hasn’t got any easier. I knew the players and what we would have to try and do to make them a competitive unit, and that’s what we’re still doing. I came into the job believing I could do a job for the club, and I still feel that.”
Among his squad Hodgson will be hoping top scorer Emmanuel Dennis can find his shooting boots at St Mary’s, with the Nigerian forward having notched nine goals so far in his maiden Premier League campaign.