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West Brom boss Hodgson unhappy with outspoken hat-trick hero Cox

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson admits he's unhappy with Simon Cox, despite his hat-trick in their FA Cup win over Cardiff City.

Cox this week stated he might have to leave The Hawthorns for the sake of his career if he fails to hold down a first team place.

Hodgson initially expressed his delight with Cox's performance as he said: "That's a positive for Simon who has taken his chance when it has come along.

"I thought he did very well at Tottenham the other night as well, so with his three goals and his performance today, it's a clear positive for us and for him.

"The way he played today, he clearly showed he deserves a place in the team, and we'll be thinking very seriously about that.

"Simon's a good trainer, good finisher. In the finishing practices he is always right up there, so he has to be pleased with his day's work.

"I'm pleased for him, pleased he's shown he is a Premier League quality player and that he has taken his chance after being given it with great aplomb.

"On both occasions he has been amongst our best players."

But asked as to his thoughts when told of Cox's comments, Hodgson was clearly unimpressed, adding: "My thinking has never changed. I've never considered him going elsewhere.

"I don't know what he's said to the press, but as far as I'm concerned he is a West Bromwich Albion player, and I'm very happy about that.

"Before he makes those statements and gets you all so excited, it might be a good idea if he comes and speaks to me. It's the first I've heard of it."

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