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Two goals Peter Odemwingie propelled West Bromwich Albion into fifth spot in the Barclays Premier League and added to Southampton’s woes.
Nigel Adkins' side remain rooted to the foot of the table after a fifth successive away defeat but for West Brom, they bounced back from two successive injury-time defeats against Manchester City and Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a goal in each half from Odemwingie. It was also their fifth victory in six home matches this season.
Albion began positively and a fine pass from Odemwingie picked out the run of Shane Long into the Saints box, but the Baggies’ leading scorer opted to cut the ball back across the danger area rather than shoot.
Billy Jones became the first player to be yellow carded after 10 minutes for a high challenge which caught the back of Southampton captain Adam Lallana.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert had the first attempt on goal and his low drive from a narrow angle contained plenty of power but was held onto by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Albion hit back and a low shot from Odemwingie took a deflection off Zoltan Gera and flew over the Saints crossbar.
The home side started to look more threatening and it needed a last-ditch tackle from Morgan Schneiderlin to deny Long after Jonas Olsson had headed a Graham Dorrans free-kick back across goal.
Odemwingie flashed a low 25 yard shot inches wide in a swift Albion counter-attack after Foster had gathered Lambert's header from a Gaston Ramirez centre.
At the third attempt, the Nigeria forward broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. Youssuf Mulumbu released Odemwingie, whose left-footed shot contained power but took a deflection off Maya Yoshida that took it Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Gazzaniga did well to block a close-range effort from Long and Albion appealed in vain for a penalty for handball when Schneiderlin blocked the follow-up attempt from Odemwingie.
Southampton started the second half on the offensive and a shot on the turn from Lambert struck the crossbar with Foster well beaten. Foster cut out a dangerous cross from Daniel Fox as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.
But after 60 minutes Odemwingie doubled Albion's lead with a clinical finish. Left-back Liam Ridgewell's long pass down the left found Long, who held the ball up, cut inside and floated over an inviting centre that Odemwingie headed home from close range.
West Brom could have increased their lead with captain Chris Brunt volleying just wide at close range from a cross by fellow substitute Romelu Lukaku.
Yoshida headed just wide in a late Southampton rally but Albion held on for a comfortable win.
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