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Clarke hails form of lively Lukaku

WEST BROM 1 SUNDERLAND 1

John Curtis

Published 24/02/2013 | 04:00

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke hopes a line can be drawn under the Peter Odemwingie saga after the striker made his comeback as a late substitute yesterday.

 

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke hopes a line can be drawn under the Peter Odemwingie saga after the striker made his comeback as a late substitute yesterday.

Odemwingie replaced two-goal hero Romelu Lukaku who took his goal tally to 12 goals – all in the Premier League – this season.

The 31-year-old received a mixed reception with boos intermingling with the applause that greeted Lukaku's exit from the action.

"The Odemwingie thing meant I could never affect what the supporters are going to do. He's part of my squad and we're going to use him," Clarke said.

Clarke hailed another man-of-the-match performance from Lukaku, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

He scored the opening goal from the penalty spot and charged down a clearance from Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for his second.

"Lukaku is in a really rich vein of form. It's been good for us, good for Rom, and probably good for Chelsea as well," said Clarke.

Sunderland could only manage a late consolation from Stephane Sessegnon. Manager Martin O'Neill felt his side should have been awarded a penalty late on.

"I felt we should have got something out of the game. The big decision was the penalty kick which was given against us," said O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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