Monday 13 February 2012
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie says he will forever cherish the landmark hat-trick he claimed against Wolves on Sunday.
The 30-year-old's treble in the convincing 5-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Molineux means he becomes the first West Brom player to record a hat-trick in a Black Country derby since Ronnie Allen in the 1954 Charity Shield.
And the Nigeria forward said his team-mates made a special contribution to his match ball after the victory.
"My team-mates started writing funny stuff on the ball, and commenting, and then I passed it around for everyone to sign," Odemwingie told the club's official website.
"Hopefully, we can increase the gap we have further, be able to relax towards the end of the season and finish in the top 10"
- Peter Odemwingie
“Normally, I don't keep balls but this one is special, so I will keep it. I will remember yesterday for the rest of my life."
Odemwingie's hat-trick was the second of his career, the first coming when he was playing for Lille, and it took his goal tally to seven in the League so far this season.
He also joins Robert Earnshaw and Somen Tchoyi in scoring a hat-trick for West Brom in the Barclays Premier League.
Odemwingie's goals helped his side record a crucial win which lifted the Baggies into 14th place in the table and eased their immediate relegation concerns.
"I'm very happy also to get my first hat-trick in the Premier League," he added. "Both mine and the team's performances have been a bit up and down.
"I've been dreaming about a hat-trick in the Premier League - and on top of that it comes in a derby.
"Now I have one in the Premier League and it came on a day when we really needed points - it couldn't be better."
Odemwingie says he is now looking upwards and believes West Brom could make a challenge for a place in the top half of the table.
"Hopefully, we can increase the gap we have further, be able to relax towards the end of the season and finish in the top 10," he said.