West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has jumped to the defence of goalkeeper Boaz Myhill after a freak San Jose Earthquakes goal set the Baggies on their way to a 2-1 defeat in the opening fixture of their USA pre-season tour.
Myhill was left red-faced after Quakes stopper David Bingham marked his professional debut with a goal scored from the edge of his own box when his clearance took a vicious bounce over the stranded Albion keeper just three minutes into the game.
But Hodgson was quick to deflect any criticism of his 28-year-old custodian, and preferred to reflect on the benefits of the exercise as a whole for his squad.
"The game was very useful," said Hodgson. "We lost it to a freak goal in the third minute.
"The goalkeeper's kick-out had the most ludicrous bounce I have seen in a long while and went straight into the goal. You don't see those sorts of goals very often.
"I was very pleased with the shape of the team and the way we played, the result is a bit disappointing but, after one week of training, the result was the least important thing on my mind," he revealed.
"It was about having no injuries, getting a good fitness workout and showing that we are already retaining some of what we had last year."
The Baggies were playing their first game since the final-day 3-3 draw with Newcastle United, but Hodgson refused to blame a lack of match practice on the reason for the goalkeeping 'error' which, according to Hodgson will not affect Myhill's confidence going into the new campaign.
"To have a chance of saving the goal, Boaz would have had to be standing on the goalline, which you don't do," he explained.
"Their goalkeeper was kicking the ball out and, when that happens, your goalkeeper is always likely to be more on the penalty spot than the goalline.
"He would have had no chance. It was just the bounce of the ball."
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