Goals from Simon Davies, Bobby Zamora, Damien Duff and new signing Stefano Okako signalled the end of brave County’s cup run and set up a home quarter-final tie with either Bolton or Tottenham.
The Cottagers have reached the final only once in their history, losing 2-0 to West Ham in 1975, and Hodgson has his sights set on etching his name in club folklore. “It would mean a lot to us,” he admitted. “It would be another major step forward with the progression at the club.
“Success is probably a continued presence in the Premier League, if we could go one step further that would be fantastic.”