Hodgson hails Reds response
The match was won in the first half after goals from
"It was important to win and I think we did it in some style," said Hodgson. "We knew what we had to do today. We were concerned we would have to do it without
"We got the three points we needed and we got it with not only a good performance but a thoroughly professional performance.
"I don't think the words comfortable and relaxed are words us managers use too often but if you're not comfortable 3-0 up at half-time and they've not had a shot on goal you're never going to be," he said
Johnson, who missed the last three matches with a groin injury, was criticised by Hodgson nearly a fortnight ago for failing to display the form which had made him an England international. Apart from his goal, the right-back showed that had taken on board what had been said and was starting to rediscover that form.
"It was very good. I think Glen profited from the fact he has been obliged to undergo an enforced rest with the injury but has been fit and trained hard all week," added the Reds boss.
"He was full of running, enthusiasm and energy and scored the important first goal. Today his performance, as for all of the back four, was pretty-nigh perfect. Glen is a top-class player and it was nice to see him playing so well."
The defeat leaves West Ham boss
"We were very poor first half. We didn't come to the game, our movement was not good," said Grant. "I think we missed a lot of players who are in good shape, we were without four players who have played well in recent weeks."
Grant was taunted by fans during the match with chants of 'You're getting sacked in the morning' but he brushed those aside, insisting he can succeed at West Ham.
"The fans are always right. They came all the way and want to see a good performance and they saw us not so good in the first half," he said. "I am concentrating on my job. Even now in this situation we can get out of this. If I can take West Ham to the place I want to take them that is what is important. The minute I think I cannot do my job I will not be here."