Roy: More to come from strikers

Nigeria frontman Odemwingie marked his return from an injury
lay-off with what proved to be the winning goal after just three
minutes at Norwich, though he also missed a second-half penalty.
Long was a certain starter at Carrow Road as the £6.5million
signing had been troubled by the calf problem which forced him out
of the Republic of Ireland’s recent Euro 2012 qualifiers. He was
passed fit, though, and the pair linked up well, stretching the
Canaries defence as the Baggies battled through to a first Premier
League win after three performances which had deserved more than
straight defeats. “I saw a lot of promise, a lot of potential,”
said Hodgson. “It was Odemwingie’s first start of the season after
a long period of injury and for Shane, we were doubtful if he could
take part because of the calf strain he picked up with the Republic
of Ireland. “All things considered, they did well – but I would
like to think there is more to come from them and they can play
even better together.” Midfielder Graham Dorrans also made his
first league start of the campaign, and was desperately unlucky not
to score in the first half when his 25-yard effort crashed against
the post. The Scotland international maintained that despite the
Baggies not getting their just rewards in the opening three games,
the team were not about to lose faith. “We were always confident
the results would come,” he said. “We have played Manchester United
and Chelsea, two massive teams and were unlucky to lose against
Stoke to a goal in the last minute. “We had to weather the storm a
bit at Norwich, but we were always confident we could go to places
like that and get the points. “We have a great bunch of lads and
players in there who can win us matches.” There is plenty of
competition in the West Brom midfield, with skipper Chris Brunt and
James Morrison both starting on the bench after being in action for
Northern Ireland and Scotland respectively during the international
break. Dorrans said: “I have not had many minutes this season, but
now hopefully I am back fit and can stay in the team now. “I felt
okay, although I had a bit of cramp 20 minutes before I came off.
“Hopefully now I can continue to get fit and improve.”