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Gerrard States The Obvious

Steven Gerrard has stated the obvious ahead of the Baggies clash against Liverpool by insisting that the Liverpool players need to take the blame for Hodgson's dismissal.

Speaking to the Daily Mail the Liverpool captain absolved Hodgson of any blame by stating that the players didn't perform well enough, and often enough while he was in charge.

'He's a good guy and a fantastic coach, the players didn't perform consistently for him. We, as players, have to take responsibility. You can't just point the finger at the manager - we have to look at ourselves.'

Liverpool's loss was certainly our gain and it's nice to see Gerrard speaking sensibly about what happened.

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Writer: Baggy Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 30 2011

Time: 8:00AM

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Well he shouldn't be absolving him of the blame. Useless tactics, meek outlooks and defeatist attitude were the reasons he lost the job, a job he should have never had in the first place. In addition to losing the players, many of whom have subtely commented on how the emphasis is now on playing with the ball not shape whilst defending. The man is a clown, in time he will prove it to you.
KB1
Not seen much of a defeatist attitude since he joined us, maybe the players shoulder more of the blame than you're giving credit for?
Baggy Boy
Players should share some of the blame (as they were the season before but the manager took 100% of the flak for it then also), some of them were shocking and some were never up to the task anyway (see Roy's signings). Roy played down expectations, said we shouldn't expect miracles and made it look like we belonged in the bottom half of the table near the relegation zone. Kenny came in and we are playing better football and shot up the table, with basically the same players. Some miracle eh? Roy is a manager suited to a certain type of job and he is ok at it. Give him a job where he is expected to win, not avoid defeat, and his shortcomings are exposed. History has been rewritten to suggest he was never given a chance, he was and there was genuine warmth for him at the outset. It evaporated quickly though when he set his stall out. I will put an article up on VL later with a list of the quotes, make your own mind up. Good luck for the match, he will have you lot fired up no doubt..
KB1
Doubt the quotes today concerning Kenny will help as they can be read a number of ways depending on your standpoint. Stick a link up when you do though, be interesting to read as obviously the ins and outs whilst at Liverpool I never followed, but he hasn't put much of a foot wrong here and I don't think he did either at Fulham.

As you say people on both sides will have a point to prove in the game, so should make it entertaining if nothing else.
Baggy Boy
 

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