Hodgson last laugh as Baggies down Liverpool

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, April 3, 2011 (AFP) - Roy Hodgson was adamant he took no extra satisfaction from defeating former employers Liverpool after seeing his West Brom team come from behind to clinch a dramatic 2-1 victory.

Chris Brunt fired home twice from the penalty spot at The Hawthorns after Martin Skrtel had opened the scoring as the Baggies eased their relegation worries by climbing to 12th in the Premier League table.

Yet manager Hodgson, who was fired by the Reds in January after just six months at the helm to allow them to re-appoint Kenny Dalglish as boss at Anfield, insisted he did not view it as him gaining the last laugh over his ex-employers.

"No, I made a lot of friends at Liverpool," he said. "I have a lot of time and respect for the coaching staff and players who worked very loyally for me so I do not take any particular pleasure in that.

"The great pleasure I take is beating Liverpool Football Club because at West Brom it's not something we do very often. On Saturday we did it and I thought we deserved to do it."

Hodgson was thrilled with the display of his team, who remain unbeaten in their five games since he took charge, after they dominated proceedings against a Reds team who had never previously lost to them in the Premier League.

He added: I'm very happy with the performance. Apart from the first 10-15 minutes where we didn't perhaps start as well as in the past, after that I thought we took the game to Liverpool, their goal was against the run of play.

"It was a great achievement for the players to show the spirit they did and fight back with two goals.

"We've come back a couple of times against Stoke, Wolves and now. I don't doubt the commitment of the players and their ability to come back from being a goal down.

"We do have a considerable goal threat in the team and it was nice to see the team pass the ball so well against a quality team like Liverpool."

And he argued both of their penalties won by Peter Odemwingie, for fouls by Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Pepe Reina, were rightly awarded.

"I thought they were as clear a penalties as you are likely to see," he added. "If you don't get those then penalties might as well not exist."

Meanwhile, Dalglish was left counting the cost of injuries to defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger, who were both forced off in the opening 25 minutes.

He also revealed that skipper Steven Gerrard missed the game after suffering a problem with the groin which has troubled him of late in training on Friday.

"Danny is a tendon, I think, behind the knee," he said. "Glen looks like he's injured a muscle. Steven was in training on Friday ready to be avaialble for Saturday but he tried to turn and felt a sharp pain. It was an innocuous one.

"It's the same area but not the same thing. We will get him assessed and by the end of the week we will know better about everybody."

Dalglish also called for clarification over the role played by the referee's assistant in awarding penalties after seeing the Baggies' second awarded by the linesman, rather than referee Martin Atkinson.

"One decision was by the referee, one the linesman," he added. "If they would just tell us when the linesman takes over the authority from the referee then I think we'll understand it better.

"We had the benefit of it at Sunderland two weeks ago. Two weeks later I still don't know why. I know the linesman is there to give assistance to the referee but it's been important for him to tell us when he overrules the referee because the referee was only about 10 yards away."

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