Odemwingie sets Baggies target

Top scorer insists survival is least West Brom should be aiming for

Odemwingie: High hopes

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Peter Odemwingie has challenged West Brom to finish the season as the Midlands' top dogs in the Premier League.

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Aston Villa and Birmingham both finished in the top nine last season but have struggled this term, with both below 13th, while Wolves are in the bottom three.

West Brom won 3-1 at home to Newcastle on Sunday, though, to register their sixth win from 16 league games and take them up to eighth in the table.

The Baggies had been regarded as one of the favourites for relegation following promotion from the Championship last term but Odemwingie reckons they can sustain their fine form.

"West Brom have a good chance of being the leading Midlands side by the end of season because we play good football," he said.

"I hear comments from all over Europe and Africa where they are watching the games saying we are playing very good football.

Quality football

"For me, any team that plays good football, the results will come and then the little extra we need to put in, will make sure of that.

"I think it is not by mistake that we are one of the best teams in the area because of our quality and scoring lots of goals.

"We've had a bad period recently but we have to continue this way of playing and stay where we are."

Odemwingie scored twice on Saturday to take his tally to six goals from 11 starts since signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in August.

And the Nigeria striker insists his new club should be aiming for far more than just top-flight survival.

"I hope we will not settle for the minimum," he said. "There will be a time when we get the points we need (to stay up).

Fight

"If we don't relax then we can fight to be high in the table.

"The minimum is to stay in the Premier League but, inside of me, I'm really hoping we can do something that will really make us happy for the holidays after the season.

"If we were a team that struggles to get points, or only wins by one goal, I would be saying that's the target (staying up).

"But, with the way we play sometimes, we can go for more."