West Brom boss Di Matteo thrilled with matchwinner Odemwingie

West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto di Matteo was delighted with matchwinner Peter Odemwingie after victory over Sunderland.

West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto di Matteo was delighted with matchwinner Peter Odemwingie after victory over Sunderland.

Odemwingie's transfer to Albion from Lokomotiv Moscow was only confirmed on Friday, with international clearance coming late in the evening to allow him to be included in the squad for this afternoon's match.

Di Matteo decided to put the Nigeria forward straight into his starting XI, and Odemwingie responded in fine style, notching the winner nine minutes from time.

"He only trained once with us, on Friday, so it was a bit of a gamble," Di Matteo said.

"But we thought we would throw him in at the deep end and see how long he would last, and he certainly gave us a threat up front.

"He is not only an individual, but also a team player. We can see that he is a quality player.

"He has some ability and can give us something different, and I think he showed that a little bit today.

"He scored the goal too, which was great for him.

"It wasn't easy to get him and we only got the international clearance late last night."