West Brom striker Peter Osaze Odemwingie says Roy Hodgson wants FA Cup impact
Posted: 10 January 2012 Time: 1:57 pm
West Brom striker Peter Osaze Odemwingie says manager Roy Hodgson is keen for his squad to make a successful impact in the FA Cup this season.
The Nigeria international scored the opening goal for the Baggies in their 4-2 win over Cardiff to help them progress to the fourth round, where they will face Norwich. Odemwingie also praised Hodgson for his pre-match talk which has inspired the players to emulate their 1968 FA Cup winning team. He told the Express and Star: "The manager spoke about how it's been over 50 years since the club won the FA Cup and he said this year it would be a very good cup to win it so let's do our best in it. He said he wasn't taking this match lightly and playing the best available team. "He was very serious about it on Friday in training and the pre-match talk was long and emphasised that we had to be very serious. We are hoping to go as far as possible in this tournament." There was a certain degree of controversy over the former Lokomotiv Moscow striker's opener at the weekend, and even the striker admitted to being bemused by the incident. "There was a thought that if I kicked the ball I could get a yellow card for doing it after the whistle. But I had no time to look at the linesman because it was a quick one, so I controlled and finished. I thought it was offside but maybe someone was sleeping that I couldn't see," he added.