Monday 27 February 2012
West Bromwich Albion's in-form striker Peter Odemwingie has praised frontman Marc-Antoine Fortune for the role he has played in the club's recent goalscoring blitz.
The Baggies have hit nine goals in their last two Barclays Premier League matches, with Odemwingie claiming five of them.
And the 30-year-old, who scored twice in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Sunderland, believes Fortune's link-up play has been a key ingredient.
"I never want to miss matches, I enjoy the Premier League too much"
- Peter Odemwingie
"Marco is doing a great job," Odemwingie told the club's official website. "He is a very skilful player who can keep the ball and assist others.
"He is in good form and you could see that, even in the last minute on Saturday, he was still making efforts to stretch their defence.
"Hopefully, he will score another goal soon. He deserves it.
"This game is all about the strength of your squad. Shane Long did well but got injured. I also have been injured. Marco got his chance and he has taken it."
Odemwingie suffered with injuries at the start of the season but says he is enjoying his current run in the team after starting 11 of his side's last 12 League matches.
"I never want to miss matches. I enjoy the Premier League too much," said Odemwingie, whose form has earned him a place on the Barclays Premier League February player of the month shortlist.
"One week I didn't play and my mum said she couldn't wait to watch me again. She is in Moscow and watches West Brom games on the national channel. Everyone watches the Premier League."
"I'd like to think we have come a long way from the point where the club were in danger of going down to where we are now"
- Roy Hodgson
West Brom's win against Sunderland, and the 5-1 victory over Wolves earlier in the month, have given Roy Hodgson's men an 11-point cushion to the relegation zone with 12 matches of the season remaining.
And Hodgson, who was appointed manager at the Hawthorns last February, says he is delighted at how his side have progressed in the last 12 months.
"I get a lot of satisfaction from the position we're in," said Hodgson. "I've also had a lot of satisfaction in being at the club just over a year.
"I've got a lot of satisfaction from many things, not least the response of the players to the work we do and the fact that every time we go out to play, I know they are going to try very hard to do what we want them to.
"But there are very few occasions in this last year when I have come off the field thinking the team weren't mentally ready for the game, they didn't try hard enough, we lost our shape, didn't show enough discipline - very few occasions.
"If you are a coach, that's a nice thing to be able to say.
"I'd like to think we have come a long way from the point where the club were in danger of going down to where we are now."