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Tuesday 06 November 2012

Clarke delighted as West Brom move to fifth

West Bromwich Albion return to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Southampton at the Hawthorns

West Brom's Peter Odemwingie gave the Baggies a 2-0 win over Southampton

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke expressed his relief at ending a run of two Barclays Premier League defeats with victory over Southampton on Monday night.

Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie scored either side of half time to get his side back to winning ways after successive defeats against defending champions Manchester City and Newcastle United.

The result put West Brom in fifth place in the League table, level on points with Everton in fourth place and Tottenham Hotspur in sixth.

"Once you get complacent and you start setting your sights a little bit too high it has a habit of coming back to bite you"
Steve Clarke

"I’m happy," he said. "After the last two defeats, the performances were good – but no points, so it was just important to get back on track.

"Seventeen points from 10 games is good and we’re a good way to being comfortable. But if we hadn’t won the game tonight the league suddenly starts to tighten up. You always have to be careful in the Premier League."

And Clarke says his squad will not get carried away after their eye-catching start to the campaign.

"Once you get complacent and you start setting your sights a little bit too high it has a habit of coming back to bite you. So, we won't do that," he added.

"I think, if I look at the course of the season and the games, with a bit more luck, we probably could have had more. But it is a good return and we’re not getting greedy or carried away.

"We know what our expectations are and we'll keep that to ourselves, and just keep working from game to game. We don't get carried away.

"We have a really good group of players who have proved in the last two seasons they don’t get involved in the relegation dogfight.

"They finished comfortably mid-table and we're trying to build on that.  But the first target, as always, is to make sure you're comfortable in the league. That's what we're doing at the moment."

Clarke also revealed that James Morrison missed the clash at the Hawthorns because of an injury picked up in training while goalkeeper Ben Foster was forced to kick with his weaker foot after suffering a problem during the warm-up.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins, meanwhile, promised his side will keep on working hard as they search for their first win of the season.

Saints, who have yet to pick up a point away from home, and are at the bottom of the table level on points with Queens Park Rangers.

"I'm determined to be a success at Southampton Football Club and determined to lead from the front"
Nigel Adkins

"We can look back, but what we've got to do is look forward," said Adkins. "We've got to work hard on the training ground consistently and make them believe in themselves.

"We've got to keep a solid unit and keep together because it's easy to knock people's confidence.

"We've got to face the facts that we have conceded too many poor goals, so we've got to get a stability and a consistent defence.

"You've just got to keep grinding away at it and staying in the game. We'll keep working away, and it'll eventually turn."

And Adkins said that he is determined to turn the club's fortunes around, adding: "I don't want to go anywhere. I'm determined to be a success at Southampton Football Club and determined to lead from the front.

"I have a desire to put a team out that will give our supporters a winning team. I want us to play football, but I've got to win. It's not nice because we're bottom of the league, but I'm determined and I'll do everything I can for Southampton Football Club to turn it into a success."

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Key Points

  • West Brom manager Steve Clarke delighted with win over Southampton
  • Peter Odemwingie scores twice in 2-0 victory at the Hawthorns
  • Saints boss Nigel Adkins determined to turn club's fortunes around