Relief for Hodgson after “deserved victory”

Anfield Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (2-1) Premier League 24/10/2010 Manager Roy Hodgson remains tense as Liverpool hold on to win Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says some of the pressure he and the players have been feeling of late was lifted with the 2-1 victory over Blackburn this afternoon.

Match Report: Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn

Goals from Sotorios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres helped the Reds to victory over Sam Allardyce’s men at Anfield. Although Liverpool still sit in the relegation zone, they have moved three points clear of 19th placed Wolves and are just three points off 7th placed Sunderland.

“There is a little bit of relief,” said Hodgson. “But if we had got anything less than three points today it would have been an enormous injustice.

“The way the team played they certainly deserved to win this game.

“At half-time I said to the players, you can’t play better than that, you can’t do better than that, if you keep getting the ball into goalscoring positions as often as we did in the first half, something is going to break for us and it happened very quickly for us in the second half.

“There is a lot of anxiety in the team and in the club because we have started so badly… and you can’t take that anxiety away until we start winning games and start climbing the table.

“But we’re human beings and we want to do very well, we want to show our fans that we are a good football team.

“For all the nonsense that has been spoken about, they are still capable of going out and giving a performance which, I think, was more worthy of a team at the top of the table than the bottom of the table.”