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Hawthorns special for Zoltan

Gera's delight at netting opener

ZOLTAN Gera insists scoring the opening goal in Albion’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool at The Hawthorns this afternoon was a special moment.

It was the Hungary international’s first goal for the Baggies since rejoining the club last summer.  

And the 33-year-old, who missed the vast majority of last season with an knee injury, revealed his joy at scoring at The Hawthorns for the first time in four and a half years.

“I’m so happy to come back here and score,"he said.

“The Hawthorns is special for me and to score here after the disappointment of last season was really something.

“The supporters got behind us all the way and it was great for me.  

“I thought it was a great goal and hopefully we can continue to play like that.

“It was a great feeling and a huge lift for me, especially as it was the first game of the season.

“The goal came at the right time for me as it gave me the power to carry on running.

“It was a good start for me and the team.”

And Gera believes the flexible nature of Albion’s new 4-2-1-3 formation helped the Baggies control the game.

“The formation we played today is one we have been working on in pre-season and it worked for us," he added.

“I think we can be flexible in our formation this season.

“In the second half we played very well also but obviously, the red card helped us.

“We missed the penalty but we controlled the game immediately afterwards and that was important.

“We defended well and took our chances when they came.

“At 3-0 we still did not play as though the game was dead and we continued to pass the ball."