Odemwingie relief at goals

Baggies marksman pleased to end barren spell

Odemwingie: Back among the goals

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Peter Odemwingie is hoping his brace in Saturday's 3-2 win over Blackpool can kick-start his West Brom career.

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The Nigeria international made a big early impression during his time at the Hawthorns, but a series of niggling injuries curtailed his appearances.

The goals soon dried up along with confidence, culminating in his woeful missed penalty in their recent home defeat to title-challenging Manchester United.

However, Odemwingie looked back to best against The Seasiders with a brace of goals as Roberto Di Matteo's troops secured a priceless three points on home soil.

The 29-year-old is thrilled to end his barren run and now hopes to kick-start his Baggies career once again and help The Baggies surge back up the Premier League ladder.

New start

"Personally, I will never forget this game. Hopefully it is a new start and we will keep winning now," said Odemwingie.

"It has been a really difficult period for us but hopefully the victory will help us to forget the bad period we've had.

"It has been difficult for me in the sense I missed a penalty against Manchester United and a few chances in the last few games.

"I've not been at the top of my game but this week, a lot of people stood behind me, starting from the coaching staff and the players, and the medical staff.

"I had a few meetings with the psychologists because they saw my head was a little bit down. We talked about a few pictures in my head, and it did relax me a little bit.

"People helped me a lot to free my mind, be myself and just enjoy the game."

Odemwingie added: "I never knew it could help and yet, right from the first minute of the Blackpool game, I felt relaxed and that pressure on me, like I was hitting myself, it came off me.

"I took the game into my own hands, tried to do things, and it released all the tension. I just played as I used to."