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Unbeaten in four, Fulham face another stern test of their mettle at home to Manchester City in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Hodgson’s men will be hoping to continue their impressive record at Craven Cottage where they have won five of their seven home games this term, but City and their Brazilian contingent will be looking to halt a mediocre run that has left them uncomfortably close to the relegation zone.

Hodgson believes another strong defensive display is crucial, but also wants to see his side scoring more goals.

“Manchester City have so much attacking talent at their disposal,” he said.

“Even last year they were bringing in people like (Martin) Petrov, Elano and Benjani (Mwaruwari) and have added (Shaun) Wright-Phillips, Robinho and Jo.

“When you look at that attacking talent, which has been assembled for a lot of money, it doesn’t surprise me that they have scored a lot of goals.

“We will have to tame that attacking prowess and do better in making and converting chances.

“We haven’t been pulling everyone back but we certainly haven’t been scoring as many goals as I would like.”

The Englishman refused to be critical of City’s desire for instant success following their summer takeover by the wealthy Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and Development Limited, but warned buying the world’s most expensive players does not guarantee results.

“The beauty of football is, and always will be, that money doesn’t guarantee you succeed. You have still got to spend the money on the right players and who knows what the right players are,” he added.

“It is quite easy to write down 10 names of top players in Europe but whether they are right for your club at this particular moment and can come in and acclimatise are factors we cannot know.

“Winning is great and losing is awful so whatever could guarantee us winning every week I’d be delighted with.”