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Odemwingie calls for calm

Baggies striker rues lapse in concentration

Odemwingie: Disappointed with draw

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Peter Odemwingie has admitted that West Brom can take lessons from their 2-2 draw with West Ham.

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Odemwingie fired the Baggies in front from the penalty spot before the Hammers levelled just before half-time courtesy of a stunning Scott Parker strike.

Frederic Piquionne then gave West Ham the lead after the interval and West Brom needed a Pablo Ibanez header to salvage a point.

But manager Roberto Di Matteo felt after the game that his side could have come out on top if they had avoided the lapse in concentration that led to Parker's goal.

Odemwingie agrees and has urged his team-mates to show more maturity in future when they are trying to protect leads.

"We had to slow down the game at the end of the first half, but we were playing good football and enjoying it without too much anxiety," he said.

"In those last minutes we should have calmed the game down, but it was a little mistake because we did not stay compact, we were too far from each other and that is why we conceded a goal.

"But in the second half, we have been very strong this year and are showing character which is a good quality we have in the team."

Glad to be back

Odemwingie had been out of action for a month before he returned as a substitute during the 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City at the weekend.

"I am a bit tired," said the summer signing from Lokomotiv Moscow.

"I had to come into the last game with a high tempo, which is why I found it a bit difficult.

"Against West Ham, I had more time to get myself into the game."

Odemwingie, whose tally is now four from eight appearances, continued: "I am happy to get the goal so I can forget about the bad four weeks I had.

"I know it was a penalty, but it's still a goal for me and it will give me some confidence to go forward.

"It is probably the first time in my career I have got injured when I was in good form.

"But it can happen in football and you just have to get on with things, focus on getting well and start again.

"I have no target, but hopefully I can get a lot of goals.

"My record for one season was 14 in all competitions in France, so hopefully I can be better than that."