Osaze seals West Brom’s victory
Osaze Odemwingie proved the standout Nigerian striker in the English Premiership yesterday, scoring a vital 89th minute winner for visiting West Bromwich Albion against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on a day on form, Yakubu Aiyegbeni fired blank.
James Morrison put the West Brom ahead in the 52nd minute but the home fans had cause to celebrate 27 minutes into the second half as Scot Dann got them back into the game with a 72nd minute effort. However, three points would elude the homers as Odemwingie left it a little late but not too late when he notched with a minute left of normal time to seal an away win for Roy Hodgson’s side.
At St James’ Park where Newcastle hosted Swansea City, Shola and Sammy Ameobi made it to the battle front but failed to lift the Magpies to victory.
Both brothers featured as second half substitutes with only 10 minutes separating their respective introduction. Shola, the older Ameobi came on in 70th minute for Leon Best and made his presence felt barely a minute on. Sent racing for goal on the left, the big striker missed registering a goal as his kick to the far pole only came close to target but went only as far as not going in.
And younger brother, Sammy, who joined the fight in the 81st minute, coming in for Gabriel Obertan made positive impact, aiding the home band forward but still, could not notch a tie breaker as the game ended 0-0.
However, in the Championship, Bartholomew Ogbeche got the opener for Middlesborough in their 3-2 away win at Cardiff City. Elsewhere at the Craven Cottage Clint Dempsey’s 33 minutes goal and Bryan Ruiz Gonzalez’s a minute later for Fulham against visiting Bolton Wanderers made sure Dickson Etuhu went away a 2-0 winner with Martin Jol’s men.