Gerrard's contribution delights Hodgson
Hodgson had put Gerrard on the bench as back-up and was thankful he did after accepting before the end of the first half he had to make the change. "At half-time I thought our best chance of winning the game was to bring him on," he added. "Steven likes to play, him and players like
"They understand what I am trying to do so there is never any problem if I want to put them on. They are the first to put their hands up to say, 'If you need me, I'm there'. I think he has been good in the games he has played for me. I've got to say I have been more than happy with everything he has done during my time at the club."
Asked if Gerrard was the best catalyst player in
"We owe a big debt of gratitude to him. I thought it was a real leader's performance. The first goal was not a pretty goal. That was a captain's goal, the goal of a guy who wanted to get his team back in the game even at the risk of injury. That is certainly appreciated by me and my staff."
Gerrard tried to spread the credit around the team but it was difficult to see past his individual performance. "We went a goal down and the manager asked me to come on and see if I could help get the lads back in it," he said. "Everyone played their part. I'm sure I'll get the headlines but it certainly wasn't just about me. Every one of the lads in the second half was just fantastic."