Hodgson hails battling Baggies

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Roy Hodgson: Very happy with West Brom's fighting spirit

Roy Hodgson: Very happy with West Brom's fighting spirit

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was happy with his side's battling display as they fought back to hold Wigan to a point at the DW Stadium.

Wigan opened the scoring through James McArthur in the 54th minute but the West Midlands outfit hit back 11 minutes later through former Latics star Paul Scharner.

The Baggies have now lost just two of their last nine Premier League away matches and Hodgson was pleased to add another point to their tally on Saturday despite admitting that his side had been second-best.

He told Sky Sports: "I think we had to fight for it. It was one of the games where the scenario was set of course for Wigan to come here and beat us because we obviously have a bit less to fight for and we had a suspension (in Jonas Olsson), one or two injuries and a couple of changes in the team.

"But I've got to be very happy because we fought our way to a point.

"It was obviously a very important game for them to win and they certainly went about it in the right way, they committed a lot of players forward.


"I don't think we were anywhere near our best in terms of our attacking play but I left a few players out of the team to give others a chance.

"I've got to be very satisfied with a point and sympathise with Wigan, while praising my team for their resilience, for their character and their desire to get something out of this game despite the fact we're in a more comfortable position in the league.

"We could have been expected on a day like today to crumble and succumb to the pressure but we never did."