Nervous Odemwingie finds his feet

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Peter Odemwingie was West Browich Albion's top goal scorer last season with 15 league goals. However, he claims his confidence has been low recently, brought about by spending the past six weeks out with an ankle injury.

The Nigerian international has admitted that he was feeling nervous before his first league start of the season away to Norwich City, but the pressure was certainly lifted after scoring the winner at Carrow Road.


"I was lacking confidence. I could feel it. Getting a goal so early on got me into the state I needed to be in," said the striker.

"I'm sure my team-mates were happy for me as I think around ten of them came to congratulate me."

The early goal may have settled Odemwingie's nerves, but it was to be a roller-coaster of emotions for the former Liile striker. In the 76th minute, he stepped up to take a penalty for the Baggies, but was denied by Canaries keeper Declan Rudd.

Odemwingie spoke of the penalty incident with characteristic selflessness.

"I made it difficult for my team-mates by missing the penalty," he continued.

"I was saying 'sorry, sorry' to all of them at the end of the game. I could've made it easier for them."

In the end though, West Brom did what they came to do and claimed their first three points of the season under Roy Hodgson.

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