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Fulham unbeaten away, ten draws, Hodgson as manager of Liverpool...

 

It could be a famous victory.

 

 

 

 

ROY HODGSON believes he will reap the benefits of his decision to rest Fernando Torres in midweek when Liverpool entertain Fulham tomorrow.

 

The manager admits his U-turn on playing the striker against Utrecht left him with “egg on his face”.

 

Hodgson backtracked on his initial vow to start with Torres after consulting with sports science chief Peter Brukner, but he insists he wasn’t overruled and that he retains the final say on team selection.

 

Torres will be looking to put a string of disappointing performances behind him.

 

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say your first thought wasn’t the wisest,” Hodgson said.

 

“I had two choices. To stubbornly go ahead with playing Fernando Torres or admit that after a sleepless night I’d realised it was a stupid decision and get a bit of egg on my face.

 

“I would have compounded the mistake by sticking with a stupid decision and the right call was made in the end. There was no dispute with the medical staff.

 

“Initially, I thought it might be a good idea for his confidence to play 45 minutes but I was envisaging an easier game where he would go out and get a couple of goals.

 

“The way the first half panned out with Utrecht so deep playing him would have been a waste of time.

 

“We were able to work on our attacking play with Torres at Melwood on Thursday and we wouldn’t have been able to do that if he had played on Wednesday as he would have been warming down.

 

“He will be fresh on Saturday and I’m convinced we will see a very good Fernando Torres.”

 

 

 

Read More http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2010/12/17/liverpool-fc-will-reap-benefits-of-a-fresh-fernando-torres-against-fulham-says-roy-hodgson-100252-27841754/2/#ixzz18NTF2c8x

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Fulham unbeaten away, ten draws, Hodgson as manager of Liverpool...

 

It could be a famous victory.

 

 

 

 

ROY HODGSON believes he will reap the benefits of his decision to rest Fernando Torres in midweek when Liverpool entertain Fulham tomorrow.

 

The manager admits his U-turn on playing the striker against Utrecht left him with “egg on his face”.

 

Hodgson backtracked on his initial vow to start with Torres after consulting with sports science chief Peter Brukner, but he insists he wasn’t overruled and that he retains the final say on team selection.

 

Torres will be looking to put a string of disappointing performances behind him.

 

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say your first thought wasn’t the wisest,” Hodgson said.

 

“I had two choices. To stubbornly go ahead with playing Fernando Torres or admit that after a sleepless night I’d realised it was a stupid decision and get a bit of egg on my face.

 

“I would have compounded the mistake by sticking with a stupid decision and the right call was made in the end. There was no dispute with the medical staff.

 

“Initially, I thought it might be a good idea for his confidence to play 45 minutes but I was envisaging an easier game where he would go out and get a couple of goals.

 

“The way the first half panned out with Utrecht so deep playing him would have been a waste of time.

 

“We were able to work on our attacking play with Torres at Melwood on Thursday and we wouldn’t have been able to do that if he had played on Wednesday as he would have been warming down.

 

“He will be fresh on Saturday and I’m convinced we will see a very good Fernando Torres.”

 

 

 

Read More http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2010/12/17/liverpool-fc-will-reap-benefits-of-a-fresh-fernando-torres-against-fulham-says-roy-hodgson-100252-27841754/2/#ixzz18NTF2c8x

 

It's actually one choice do this, or do that. You can't do both

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