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Hodgson satisfied with Liverpool and Cole's performance

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was delighted to begin his Anfield reign with a comfortable 2-0 win over FK Rabotnicki in the Europa Cup qualifier. As the former Fulham boss pointed out, the scoreline could have been more emphatic had the Reds taken all their chances.

"We were good in both games and tonight played some fine football and should probably have scored more with the chances created.

"But we kept our discipline and way of playing which pleased me as the game at times was relatively easy for us. And that was important as it is too easy to lose your way in that sort of game.

David Ngog scored one but also missed chances yet Hodgson was pleased with his contribution.

"He was responsible for both goals today. He scored the first and earned the penalty, but like most of the players he was involved in goalscoring opportunities.

As to Joe Cole's impressive debut, "Joe is desperate to play. And he came here hoping for more regular football than at Chelsea.

"He is a very enthusiastic player who performs better the more often he plays and he would like to play every game. Whether that is possible remains to be seen.

"His energy tonight meant he had a fine home debut in what I thought was an incredible attendance considering the state of the game after the first leg."

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