Morrison shocked by negative reaction to Hodgson's England appointment
21:52 GMT, 7 May 2012
James Morrison admits West Brom’s players are shocked by the negative reaction to Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager.
Morrison scored a late equaliser at Bolton on Sunday as Albion came from two goals down to earn Hodgson a point in his last away game in charge.
It keeps West Brom on course for their first top-10 finish in more than 30 years, and Morrison is saddened that people are focusing more on Hodgson’s troubled six-month reign at Liverpool rather than his successful spell at the Hawthorns.
Shock: James Morrison can't believe the negative reaction to Roy Hodgson's appointment as England manager
‘It’s shocking,’ he said. ‘That’s people for you. It’s just the way it is.
‘If you’re perceived to have failed anywhere you get criticised. Maybe with more time he could have done a better job at Liverpool. You never know.
‘Hopefully Roy can do the job he’s done for us with England. He’s been in the game long enough to know what he’s doing and to handle the pressure. I’m sure he will turn people’s heads.’
Morrison revealed that West Brom’s players were fired up by suggestions they would slacken in the last two games following Hodgson’s appointment as successor to Fabio Capello.
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He added: ‘It was a talking point before the game and we knew people would have been saying that our season is over.
‘We wanted to send him off on a high because he’s a great bloke and a great manager.
‘He was building something here. Thanks to the gaffer and his knowledge, we’ve progressed from last season.
‘You can’t argue with the job he’s done and we wish him all the best.’