Peter Odemwingie struck twice as West Brom beat Southampton 2-0 to go fifth in the Premier League
Last Updated: 06/11/12 7:11am
Peter Odemwingie: Bagged a Monday night brace
West Brom's great start to the Premier League season continued as a Peter Odemwingie double gave them a 2-0 victory over bottom club Southampton.
The Saints played their part in a lively match at The Hawthorns but struggled to cope with a vibrant Baggies attack, led by Shane Long and Odemwingie, whose brace took the hosts up to fifth.
Southampton made a bright start to the contest and Steve Davis fired high and wide from distance before Rickie Lambert tested Ben Foster with a low drive.
Best of the Match
- Man of the match: Peter Odemwingie was a constant menace for West Brom and his endeavour was rewarded with two well-taken goals.
- Goal of the match: Odemwingie's second was a ruthless counter-attack as he sprinted forward to get on the end of Shane Long's sumptuous cross and head in a firm finish.
- Save of the match: Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a decent save from Shane Long at point-blank range towards the end of the first half.
- Moment of the match: There was little to choose between the teams until Odemwingie's deflected effort gave West Brom a lead they could protect.
- Talking point: Can West Brom push on from fifth place and challenge for European qualification. What can Southampton do to address their defensive deficiencies?
But the hosts then enjoyed a period of strong pressure and Zoltan Gera should probably have done better than side-foot Odemwingie's cross-shot over the bar from close range.
Long then tried to curl one into the top corner, while Lambert put a header straight at Foster from a Gaston Ramirez cross at the other end, as the game opened up.
The Baggies were now looking really dangerous, however, and claimed a somewhat fortuitous lead when Youssouf Mulumbu found Odemwingie (36) and, after possibly controlling the ball with his arm, he unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box which hit Maya Yoshida's leg and flew past Paulo Gazzaniga.
The lead was almost doubled just before half-time but Gazzaniga, starting in place of Artur Boruc, did well to deny Long after a surging run into the box by the striker and the lively Odemwingie's follow-up effort hit Morgan Schneiderlin and bounced away to safety.
Southampton came within inches of restoring parity after the break when Jay Rodriguez's cross ricocheted around before falling kindly for Lambert, who stroked a half-volley against the bar.
The visitors continued to probe for an opening but then fell further behind to a brilliant counter-attacking goal from the Baggies, Long racing down the left to latch onto a long pass from Liam Ridgewell and then cutting inside, before whipping over a superb cross which Odemwingie (60) headed home from close range.
And West Brom came very close to adding a third but Chris Brunt arrived at the back post to volley just wide of the target after good work from Romelu Lukaku.The Saints almost grabbed a late consolation but Yoshida headed wide from a corner and Foster foiled Adam Lallana in stoppage-time.
|West Bromwich Albion||Team Statistics||Southampton|
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|3||Shots on Target||3|
|9||Shots off Target||5|
|54||1st Half Poss.||46|
|34.1||2nd Half Poss.||65.9|
Barclays Premier League
|8||West Ham United||23||36|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||23||22|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||23||19|
West Brom v Southampton
Mauricio Pochettino believes Southampton's win over West Brom at the Hawthorns was no less than his side deserved.
Steve Clarke bemoaned what he described as a "very soft" penalty that consigned his side to defeat against Southampton.
Southampton match-winner Rickie Lambert has described the past week as possibly the best of his life.