Hodgson hails Long's performance


Roy Hodgson hailed the performance of West Brom striker Shane Long after his headed winner in a 2-1 success over Bolton at the Hawthorns.

Albion had feared Long would be out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury but he returned after only a month to turn home Nicky Shorey's second half cross. It enabled him to put behind the frustration of missing out on the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off win over Estonia.

Hodgson said: "It was an easy decision when Shane was declared fit because he is a good player and when he doesn't play, we miss him. He adds a dimension to the way we play. When we win the ball back and get it forward, things build up from him."

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