HODGSON WON'T RUB SALT INTO THE WOUNDS
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson insisted he took no greater pleasure in beating Liverpool on his first return to his former club than he did in ending a Baggies' hoodoo.
Peter Odemwingie's 75th-minute goal completely against the run of play secured their first win at Anfield 45 years to the day of their last victory at the ground.
The fact it was against the club who dispensed with his services after a disappointing six-month reign was less significant, according to Hodgson,
"It is always enjoyable to win even if you need a bit of luck on your side to achieve it," said the West Brom boss.
"Forty-five years is a long time for a team like West Brom not to get a result at Anfield.
"Maybe this result was written in the stars because with the last win being 45 years ago to the day maybe there is an element of fate about it.
"We know how difficult it is to get results here but another hoodoo is laid to rest and I thought it was a very determined effort from our players.
"The major satisfaction is winning at Anfield. With the team we have I don't think most people expect us to come and win here."
In the build-up to the game Hodgson had said he thought he would be given a difficult time by the Anfield crowd, who never took to him during his short spell in charge, but there was no such response.
"I was very pleased by the reception and I thank the Liverpool fans for that. It was very courteous of them," he added.
"I would have been disappointed had it been otherwise as I have a lot of respect for Liverpool fans but it was nice they showed that courtesy to me and I appreciate it."
Liverpool dominated throughout and should have had the match wrapped up well before Odemwingie capitalised on a defensive mistake by Glen Johnson.
Dirk Kuyt and Jordan Henderson were both denied by the woodwork, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll had numerous opportunities while Maxi Rodriguez had appeals for a first-half penalty turned down.
Hodgson felt awarding a spot-kick for Billy Jones' challenge would have been wrong but he accepted his side had ridden their luck.
"It wasn't a penalty. I can categorically state that was not a penalty and that is not just with a West Brom hat on, that is with a football lover's hat on," he added.
"The players showed a lot of commitment and effort and we were grateful to a lot of blocks and saves from our goalkeeper.
"And when those two things didn't work we had a bit of luck on our side with balls hitting the post or the goalkeeper in the face when he knew nothing about it.
"There was a little bit of luck there. We created two good chances in the first half which were foiled by two good Pepe Reina saves and in the second half we created a lot less and ended up scoring a goal."
For Kenny Dalglish, the man who replaced him at Anfield in January last year, it was like watching repeats of previous performances.
Liverpool have won just five times in 17 home matches and tales of missed chances have become all-too commonplace for the Scot.
"It's not just been one of those days; it's been like that seven or eight times here," he said.
"There's not much else that we can add to what we've said before so many times after a game at Anfield.
"I think you could go back over the old interviews and it'll be the same thing.
"They just need a bit of luck I think. It sounds repetitive but it's not an excuse.
"We're not running away from something. It's not as if there's something drastically wrong that we can't identify.
"It is just a piece of good fortune that we need."
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