Roy won't gloat after beating Reds

Roy won't gloat after beating Reds

Published Apr. 3, 2011 11:56 a.m. ET

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson insists he took no extra pleasure from beating former club Liverpool 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Chris Brunt's second penalty of the game earned the Baggies a last-gasp win at The Hawthorns.

Hodgson was sacked by the Reds in January after just six months in charge and took charge of Albion five weeks later.

Liverpool took the lead early in the second half through Martin Skrtel but Brunt's two spot-kicks earned West Brom their first Premier League triumph over the Merseysiders.


Hodgson said: "I get no extra pleasure from beating Liverpool. I made a lot of friends when I was at Liverpool.

"The players, I have a lot of time and respect for, and the coaching staff, many of them worked with me and worked very loyally.

"I don't take any particular pleasure in that (victory).

"The great pleasure I take is beating Liverpool because it is not something West Brom do very often."

Albion came from behind against Wolves and Stoke to earn draws and went one better in overcoming Liverpool to climb into 12th in the table.

Hodgson said: "I am more than satisfied, I am really happy with the performance. I thought apart from the first 15 minutes, we took the game to Liverpool and played some really good football.

"When we went a goal down, it was very much against the run of play, but it was a great achievement for the players to put that behind them and score two goals.

"Those two goals were a result of quite a lot of pressure we were able to exert on the Liverpool defence.

"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."

Liverpool suffered a pre-match setback with skipper Steven Gerrard aggravating his groin problem in training on Friday.

Then during the game, defenders Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger had to be substituted in the opening 25 minutes.

Manager Kenny Dalglish said: "We lost Steven yesterday in training. It was innocuous as the two lads' injuries were today which both did when running.

"Agger has done the tendon behind his knee and Glen looks like he has damaged his muscle (in his leg).

"Steven was training yesterday, ready to be available for today, then innocuously tried to turn with the ball, and he felt a sharp pain.

"It is the same area of his groin but not the same thing.

"We will get him assessed and at the end of the week we will know better about everyone."

Dalglish is also seeking clarification as to who decides whether a penalty should be awarded, the referee or one of his assistants.

He said: "The only thing I would say about the penalties is one was given by the referee and one by the linesman.

"If they just tell us when the linesman takes over the authority from the referee, then I think we will understand it better.

"We had the benefit of it two weeks ago at Sunderland and I don't know why. I still don't know why two weeks later.

"I know the linesman is there to be of assistance to referee.

"But it would be important if they tell us when they overrule the ref because he was only 10 yards from play for the second one."