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.”