'Laugh at me' - Roy Hodgson makes frank admission about Leeds United's relegation rivals Watford

Roy Hodgson says Leeds United's relegation-battling rivals Watford must keep the faith - but admits talk that his side could end with six-straight wins would be laughed at.

By Lee Sobot
Sunday, 17th April 2022, 12:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th April 2022, 12:40 pm

Hodgson's second-bottom side were dealt a fresh hammer blow in their quest for Premier League survival as Saturday's clash against Brentford at Vicarage Road ended in a 2-1 defeat.

Christian Norgaard fired the Bees into a 15th-minute lead and whilst Emmanuel Dennis levelled ten minutes after the interval, Brentford captain Jansson had the final say when heading home a 95th-minute winner.

Watford have now lost ten home games on the spin and Hodgson's team remain six points behind fourth-bottom Everton and now having played two games more.

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LATE PAIN: For Watford and boss Roy Hodgson, above, the Hornets boss pictured arriving for Saturday's Premier League clash against Brentford at Vicarage Road in which the Bees struck a 95th-minute winner. Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images.

The Vicarage Road outfit are 11 points behind fifth-bottom Leeds, both sides now having six games left.

The Hornets could yet get themselves up to 40 points but realistic Hodgson admitted that making such wild predictions would be ridiculed.

"One has to believe, one has to keep faith, one has to take some sort of heart from their desire and commitment and effort during the second half," said Hodgson at his post-match press conference, as quoted by Herts Live.

"And you just have to hope that six times 95 minutes more, they'll be able to do that.

"And maybe, who knows, we will pick up points when no one expected and we will get ourselves back in the race.

"But it's not the right moment in time to start predicting that from the next game onwards we are now going to sweep the board and kill all opposition that we find in front of us.

"Because if I say that, people will laugh at me."