Hodgson dodges revenge talk as ex-Reds boss wins on return

LIVERPOOL (0) vs WEST BROMWICH ALBION (1)

WEST BROM manager Roy Hodgson refused to gloat after Peter Odemwingie’s goal handed him an historic victory over the club that sacked him last season.

Odemwingie capitalised on defender Glen Johnson’s error to score 15 minutes from time as Liverpool paid for their failure to convert countless chances. West Brom’s first win at Anfield for 45 years lifted them to 10th, just a point behind the Reds, but England job hopeful Hodgson played down talk of vindication.

“The major satisfaction is winning at Anfield,” said Hodgson. “With the team we have I don’t think most people expect us to come and win here.”

Liverpool have managed just five home wins in the Premier League all season and boss Kenny Dalglish, who replaced Hodgson, was at a loss to explain why.

“They just need a bit of luck,” he said. “It sounds repetitive but it’s not an excuse. We’re not running away from something.”