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.
If you are going to Sunderland on the last day you are thinking, with the support they have got up there and the manager they have, you don't expect an easy game
I've not had an easy game
yet and I don't expect any with 12 games to play," he reflected.
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.
EVERTON goalkeeper Tim Howard insists Saturday's visit of Manchester City will be an easy game
to play in simply because of the quality of opposition.
It was not an easy game
and many people didn't expect us to win.
McLeish said Blues have not had one easy game
Maybe you can say it will be easy but I haven't played an easy game
We thought, maybe, it was going to be an easy game
but in the Champions League there are no easy games
Zola said: "I thought we would get a victory but I am still pleased because it was not an easy game
We have to work hard together, players and supporters, because sometimes when it's not an easy game
we need the fans.
Eriksson said: "If we think it's going to be an easy game
then we will absolutely not win - there are no easy games
in the Premier League at all any more.
Howver, with former players Djibril Cisse and Boudewijn Zenden in the Marseille team, Rafael Benitez knows this won't be an easy game
, and he will need the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to stand up and take centre stage tonight.
But there are no easy games
, if you go to the pitch thinking it's an easy game
then you go wrong already.