Tuesday 02 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Two penalties from Chris Brunt earned West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson victory against Liverpool, the team he had been in charge of at the start of the season.
Hodgson had parted company with Liverpool in January after 191 days in charge at Anfield and after the match he insisted revenge was not on his agenda and more important were the three points earned for West Brom in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League. It extended to five the unbeaten run of the home side and lifted them to 12th in the table.
After a goalless first half Martin Skrtel gave Liverpool the lead with a header five minutes after the break. Hodgson's successor Kenny Dalglish was forced to reshuffle Liverpool's defence during the first half after Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger went off injured and the revised back four struggled to cope with West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie.
Seven minutes after Skrtel’s goal, Sotirios Kyrgiakos was penalised for a foul on Odemwingie for Brunt to equalise and the Nigeria forward won the second penalty after being upended by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina two minutes from time. Brunt again converted.
The defeat kept Liverpool in sixth, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur.