Roy Hodgson praises Liverpool performance

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Despite Liverpool's poor start to the season,  a victory over the weekend has earned the side praise from manger Roy Hodgson.

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Hodgson's side picked up a 1-0 win at Bolton after an close-fought contest, which saw Maxi Rodriguez pick up a winner for the Reds no earlier than the 86th minute of the match.

The win takes the Reds out of the relegation-zone into 12th position.Now the Liverpool boss will be hoping that the victory will help to kick-start his struggling side's season.

"I'm beginning to realise there is grit in the team as the wins against Blackburn and Bolton show we are capable of standing up to the test.” said Hodgson.

Hodgson has admitted that his side gave much more “grit” than he had originally given them credit for, this was displayed in their previous match against Sam Alldardyce's Blackburn.

Hodgson was not surprised by the level of physicality being displayed in the matches, saying: "You know they are going to be very quick on to the second ball, so before you even think about playing you've got to win your fair share of battles.”

Liverpool's Joe Cole did not feature in the match due to a hamstring injury, missing out on the opportunity to play against his old club.

Bolton were understandably not so pleased with the result, with Owen Coyle's side left feeling cheated at the hands of the last minute loss.

"I don't think we deserved to lose the game.” said Coyle.

"These are the margins in the Barclays Premier League that you have to come out on the right side of and unfortunately for us it's a cruel ending."

Meanwhile, Manchester United are currently third in the Premiership with  Stan James, Totesport and UniBet offering 9/2 odds that Alex Ferguson's side will go on to win the Premier League title.

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