Hodgson delight at ending West Brom’s Anfield hoodoo
West Bromich Albion manager Roy Hodgson admits his delight at ending the Baggies' 45-year wait for a victory at Anfield
Roy Hodgson heaped praise on West Bromich Albion after the Baggies ended a 45-year wait for a win at Anfield with a 1-0 victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Peter Odemwingie scored a 75th-minute winner to help West Brom seal their first win at the Reds’ home ground since 1967 after Liverpool had dominated with 28 attempts on Ben Foster’s goal.
It marked a successful return to Merseyside for the 64-year-old manager, who was replaced by Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in January 2011 after a disappointing six-month spell in charge of Liverpool.
“It’s always very enjoyable to get the win even if you do need a bit of luck on your side,” said Hodgson.
“Forty-five years is a long time for a team like West Bromich Albion not to get a result at Anfield. We know how difficult it is to get a result here. It’s another hoodoo laid to rest.
“I thought it was a very determined effort from our players. They showed an awful lot of commitment, and a lot of effort.
“We were grateful for a number of good blocks, some saves from our goalkeeper, and when those two things didn’t work, we had a little bit of luck on our side.
“The ball was hitting the post or hitting the goalkeeper in the face when he knows nothing about it.”