Odemwingie keen to kick on

BY foxsports • October 17, 2011

Odemwingie came in for criticism from fans after Nigeria's recent failure to qualify for the African Nations Cup. Albion head coach Roy Hodgson then hinted the player tried to blame injuries if he was struggling for form and left him out of the starting line-up for yesterday's game against Wolves at The Hawthorns. But Odemwingie came off the bench and scored a superb second goal in the Baggies' 2-0 win which moved them out of the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League. Odemwingie said: "I worry about the team a lot and he (Hodgson) has noticed that I am a sensitive person. "I do worry about the team and my performance. "I had to take in stuff that I didn't really like to hear this week from here and there. "But this situation has also taught me that sometimes you have to let things pass, just concentrate on your work and keep going." Odemwingie, Albion's top scorer with 15 goals last season, is hoping the derby win will kickstart his and the club's season. He said: "I could feel the importance of this game from the first day I arrived back from the national team, with the way the fans were talking about it. "I knew it was a big game so when I scored the goal I felt double joy. "We climbed up the table and it was an important three points and to get the first home victory of the season is great. Now we all want to kick on from here." Odemwingie added: "With the goal I didn't have time to think. It was like a training situation. I saw the goal and just relied on my instincts. "I'm glad it went in and we climbed up the table and I scored my goal, so everything is good." Wolves, in contrast, slipped further towards the relegation zone after a fifth successive defeat - their worst top-flight sequence for 27 years. Striker Kevin Doyle admitted next weekend's home clash with Swansea now falls into the 'must-win' bracket. He said: "You lose two games, three games, four games. When it is five games, it is a nightmare. "We probably deservedly got beat, to be honest. We had two chances in the game really. Other than that we huffed and puffed but didn't really look like scoring. "It is not ideal. We will have to play Swansea at home next week and win that one and that is the only way you can look at it." Doyle insisted his midweek sending-off for the Republic of Ireland, which ruled him out of the opening Euro 2012 play-off game with Estonia, did not weigh on his mind yesterday. He said: "It did not affect me. I was suspended anyway after the first tackle (booking)." Meanwhile, Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera is poised to make his comeback after summer ankle surgery in Tuesday's reserve clash with Arsenal. The Hungary international rejoined the Baggies for a second spell after his contract at Fulham ran out in June.


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