West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has been told by manager Roy Hodgson that he is a player 'that counts'.
The Nigeria international was only on the bench for Sunday's derby clash with Wolves, although he came on to score.
Odemwingie accepted the reasons for being axed after feeling a bit unwell during the week and he has thanked Hodgson for his words.
The Baggies boss told the striker that he was an important player and should not doubt anything having gone four games without a goal.
Odemwingie was also thankful for his team-mates after he was mobbed following his goal in Sunday's clash at the Hawthorns.
"The coach (Hodgson) said he wasn't sure from the Monday beforehand that I would play in the Wolves game," explained Odemwingie.
"I came back (from Nigeria) with a little bit of a cough and cold and didn't train for five days.
"I was disappointed because the derby is a game you want to play in because if you do well for the club and for the fans you are the man.
"But I saw the reasons for what he said and he encouraged me. He said I should remove all the doubts about myself.
"He said: 'All I should know is that I am one of the players that counts, that I was good and I shouldn't doubt anything'.
"That was a lift and after my goal all of my team-mates came running to me and saying: 'You deserve this'. That really lifted me up."