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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 January 2008, 17:56 GMT
Hard work is the key for Hodgson
Roy Hodgson
Hodgson's Fulham were held to a 2-2 draw by Bristol Rovers
Roy Hodgson admits that his Fulham side have their work cut out if they are going to turn around their season.

The Cottagers were held 2-2 by League One side Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup third round in Hodgson's second game in charge and have not won in 10 games.

"We know we have got a lot of work to do and the players accept that," said former Finland boss Hodgson.

"There were some good aspects of our play but we didn't win so I can't stand here and say I'm satisfied."

Fulham's last win came against Reading at the beginning of November, but in two games the 60-year-old Hodgson has seen enough to give him encouragement.

"I think we've put up a good performance in terms of our attitude, work rate and desire to play," he said.

"But unfortunately we've been punished by our inability to defend from set plays against physically stronger teams."


Rovers boss Paul Trollope said he was delighted to earn a replay against Premier League opposition but admitted he was slightly disappointed with the end result after leading twice.

"We would've taken a replay before the game," he said.

"But to be in the lead twice, there is a tinge of disappointment in the dressing room.

"We produced some good forward play but we had to defend very well at times as well because Fulham put us under a lot of pressure.

"There was a good mentality about the players; we were strong, we were bold and I think we deserved a replay."

Trollope also reserved praise for the travelling army of over 7,000 Rovers fans who made the trip to Craven Cottage.

"Obviously the start we made was fantastic and gave them something to shout about," he said.

"But when it went to 1-1 the noise they made was still great, they really got behind the lads and I'm glad for them, they've gone home happy tonight."

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