West Brom matchwinner Odemwingie: I almost did not make game

West Bromwich Albion matchwinner Peter Odemwingie admits he almost didn't make his debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

Odemwingie travelled more than 11,000 miles in a week to make sure his £2.5million move from Lokomotiv Moscow went through.

And despite only getting final clearance to play 17 hours before kick-off, the Uzbekistan-born Nigerian celebrated his winner with a little dance - and then promised a song on the team bus.

Odemwingie said: "There was some paperwork still to come from Moscow, someone didn't have access to a computer or something.

"But they did it on Friday night and I got the news at 10pm so I slept well. It was a difficult few days. I was holding my bags all the time, ready to go. They gave me the work permit, so I flew in Thursday night and had training on Friday."

Odemwingie, 29, then found out about boss Di Matteo's initiation ceremony, borrowed from his playing days at Chelsea when new signings must sing on their first away trip.

The Albion hitman, who has set himself a 15-goal target, said: "When I scored I remembered where my friends were sitting, so I just ran to them.

"I saw team-mate Giles Barnes and we joked in the dressing room that we would give the fans a dance. When I saw him we did it, even though we didn't prepare anything. We will prepare something for the next goal.

"They told me I'll have to sing. I said 'Really?' but it's for the team so I'll find a song."

 
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