SussexBaggie speaks… Rangers and the Reds
By Site Editor
Updated Wednesday, 18th April 2012
Tom Harper discusses Albion's win and Hodgson's return to Anfield
Last weekend saw us reach 42 points and ensure that we have another season of Premier League football to look forward to next season; as an excellent first-half goal from Graham Dorrans was enough to help us pick up a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to QPR.
It was always going to be a very difficult game against a QPR side desperate for points in their battle to avoid the drop, but we defended well and Ben Foster had far fewer saves to make than he had done in some of our previous games.
Almost every player impressed, but several deserve particular praise.
Foster was once again very impressive in everything he did, denying Bobby Zamora twice and commanding his penalty area well throughout.
Billy Jones was excellent at right-back, staying solid defensively and also getting forward well. Some of his performance since coming back into the side could have been better, but his performance on Saturday certainly bodes well for the remainder of the season.
Craig Dawson was a late inclusion in the starting line-up after Jonas Olsson picked up a groin injury in the warm-up, and kept Zamora quiet for much of the game.
Youssouf Mulumbu was outstanding in central midfield, covering every blade of grass and producing the kind of performance we saw on a regular basis last season.
However, the stand-out player was undoubtedly Dorrans. He controlled the game in midfield, and it was his excellent 25-yard strike which won us the game. He appears to be rediscovering the form he showed during our Championship promotion season under Roberto Di Matteo, with it being no coincidence that his return to form has seen us win two very important home games.
The victory on Saturday was made more important by the fact that we lost 4-0 at Manchester City last Wednesday, possibly because Roy Hodgson chose to rest a few players with the QPR game in mind.
This weekend sees us travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Every Albion fan will always want to see us perform well against the top sides, but games against Liverpool have taken on an added significance since Hodgson took charge of us last February, just a month after he had been sacked by Liverpool.
Our 2-1 home victory against them last April was one of the highlights of the season, with the atmosphere at The Hawthorns definitely being improved due to the Hodgson situation.
It will undoubtedly be a tough game, but hopefully we can play well and pick up a positive result.
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