It might be obvious, but Simon Davies has said what we’ve all been thinking. He’s lavished praise on Roy Hodgson today for turning a demoralised and seemingly Championship-bound side to the top half of the Premier League in a little more than a year.
Hodgson’s training ground methods might be repetitive in the eyes of his players and his reluctance to change things around can be infuriating, but he’s the place to start when try to discover why Fulham’s fortunes have taken such an upward turn.
You can’t look much further than Roy Hodgson. I think he has totally transformed the club. When he arrived, we were in dire starts and what he achieved in keeping us up at the end of last season was amazing.
One of the best things about him is that he never let us get too far ahead of ourselves. If we lose, he makes sure that we know that we are not as bad as people say we are, and if we win, we are never as good as they say.
Hodgson’s training-ground manner is reassuring too. The fact that he takes it one game at a time, especially when we’ve got some crucial games ahead of us, is pleasing and certainly seems to work with the players. Davies is a fan.
It’s always one game at a time with him. He keeps our feet on the ground and he makes us realise why we are winning games – because we are organised and working as a team. You’ll never win a game if you don’t do that. He always lets us know how hard it is to win, which makes us appreciate it more when we do.
Davies was naturally delighted at ending our miserable away run at Bolton last weekend.
It was really, really important to us to win at Bolton, especially coming off the back of two bad home defeats. We didn’t play well against Blackburn, but I think we deserved to win the Hull game, or at least draw. To lose that was a really big blow for us.
So, it was vital to go away on Saturday and get that victory in what is a tough place. Bolton do put you under a lot of pressure but we were able to play our football, which we like to do. Hopefully we can take a lot of confidence from that.
I hope so too!