But Hodgson thinks the old adage that there are no easy games
in international football - other than perhaps against San Marino - has been proven recently.
The Wanderers' manager insists there is no such thing as an easy game
and never has been in his career at the helm at Molineux or elsewhere in his role as manager.
Martin Brassil's progressive gelding won Cheltenham's Ballymore Novice Hurdle emphatically and will be expected to follow-up as he renews rivalry with Sams Profile (fifth), Easy Game
(eighth) and Gordon Elliott's Battleoverdoyen, favourite when pulled up in the Cheltenham race.
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BREWIN'UPASTORM has each-way claims - at the very least.
"It was clear from the first moment when we knew who we could face that there would be no easy game
. It's Hoffenheim and that's for sure not an easy game
'It was not an easy game
. Before the game, we knew they had good defense and they played really good defense today against us,' he said.
"There were no easy games
in this round so there was no chance for an easy game
They've started well, with my old team-mate Roy Keane on the coaching staff now, so it won't be an easy game
by any means.
"I told them if they wanted an easy game
, they could have an easy game
but in the first half the game did not go how we wanted.
"People might think Fulham will be an easy game
but there are no easy games
- every game is a final for us.
WALES have been warned not to expect an easy game
in Rome on Saturday despite Italy having suffered the "massive" blow of losing their skipper Sergio Parisse.
McLeish said Blues have not had one easy game
"People say England will have an easy game
against us but you just wait and see."
Chelsea leads Manchester United by a point ahead of the so-called 'easy game
' in hand against the Trotters at Stamford Bridge.
We have to work hard together, players and supporters, because sometimes when it's not an easy game
we need the fans."