Hodgson leaps to Morrison's defence

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West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has defended James Morrison after an apparent gesture made by the midfielder in a 2-1 victory at Stoke.

Morrison struck the opener in the 35th minute at the Britannia Stadium with a 30-yarder that left Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen red-faced. The Scotland international then wheeled away in celebration towards the Stoke fans in the Seddon Stand, initially with his arms outstretched.

However, perhaps reacting to a comment, Morrison then quickly placed his left hand on his right upper arm and delivered a fist-pump gesture. When asked about the incident after the game, Hodgson said: "Did he do that? Blimey. You guys (the media) see everything. That gesture could be interpreted in a thousand ways."

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