Peter Odemwingie enjoys perfect debut

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West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo was pleased that his gamble to play new signing Peter Odemwingie against Sunderland paid off as the striker netted the only goal of the game.

Nigeria international Odemwingie, 29, only completed his move from Lokomotiv Moscow on Friday, before being pitched straight in against the Black Cats.

That move proved to be correct as Odemwingie struck nine minutes from time to seal a 1-0 Hawthorns victory.

Di Matteo told the club's official website:"Peter only trained once with us yesterday (Friday), so it was a bit of a gamble to start him today.

"We just thought we'd throw him in at the deep end and see how long he could last. He certainly gave us a threat up front.

"He's not just an individual player – he works hard for the team too. I took the gamble because he is a quality player. He has some ability and gives us something different.

"He showed that today and also scored, which is great for him.

"We've been tracking Peter for some time and it wasn't easy to get him. We also only got the international clearance for the deal late last night."

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