After almost five months on the sidelines, West Bromwich Albion's midfield maestro Graham Dorrans got back to business in stunning fashion by firing home a trademark free kick as the Baggies put four past Ventura County Fusion in their second US tour game.
The Scot marked his return with the goal inside three minutes, and Simon Cox, Chris Brunt and Roman Bednar efforts rounded off the comfortable win in California, much to the delight of manager Roy Hodgson was pleased to see his star man return to competitive action.
“For Graham it was his first game in four-and-a-half to five months so we have to be satisfied with that,” he said. “Conditions were not easy because it’s difficult to move the ball quickly on the pitch, which is very spongy.
“But it was better than a training session, I think, and the shape of the team in the second half was a lot better when we didn’t have so many people playing out of position.
“In order to get everyone a game and a good 45-minute workout I had to put people in slightly different positions. Apart from two or three players everyone got a crack of the whip, which was good, and it was nice to see in the second half that some of the patterns from last year are still there.”
Dorrans has had little opportunity to impress since Hodgson took over in February, having made just two appearances after missing much of the season with an ankle injury.
The 24-year-old will have a final opportunity to impress the manager in Albion's last match of their tour, against Portland Timbers on Thursday.
Dorrans added: “Hopefully I can do well in pre-season and impress the gaffer because I only got to train for two weeks under him so he hasn’t seen an awful lot of me.”