West Bromwich Albion 2 - 0 Southampton

Match info: Premier League at The Hawthorns

Date: 05/11/2012 KO: 20:00 Ref: M Halsey Att: 25,635

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

West Brom

Peter Odemwingie 36,60

2
vs
0

Southampton


FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 23:40 GMT

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster insists reaching 40 points as soon as possible is the club's main aim despite their impressive start to the season.

Foster focused on forty

A brace from Peter Odemwingie saw the Baggies to a 2-0 victory over Southampton at the Hawthorns this evening, a win which lifted them up to fifth in the table.

"It's a bit of a cliche but we are really not getting carried away and we are taking each game as it comes, and we will see where we go" Foster told Sky Sports 1.

"We will get to the 40-point mark as soon as possible we and see what games we have got left."

A last gasp deflected strike denied Steve Clarke's side last week, but West Brom showed no sign of feeling sorry for themselves.

"Fantastic credit to bounce back after two difficult weeks," Foster continued. "We were unlucky against (Manchester) City and we conceded in the last minute last week, against Newcastle so it was great to bounce back and we thoroughly deserved the win."

It is a mantra repeated by Clarke who saw his side win their fifth home game of the season, with their only reverse coming against last season's title winners.

"We spoke before the game about making sure we get our season back on track tonight," the boss said.

"Our performance was perhaps not as good as it has been but we controlled the game and we got

the win we wanted.

"It's been a good start and it is not for me to take the credit. The players have been fantastic they have got the reward for that.

"We said from the start that our primary objective was to make sure that Albion are playing in the Premier League next season."

Survival is the priority for his opposite number Nigel Adkins whose side sit bottom of the table without a win to their name in the 10 matches they have played so far.

"We have gone and lost the game," he said. "The first goal Mike Dean (the fourth official) is screaming down the mike that it's handball (against Peter Odemwingie) four or five times but he didn't pick it up.

"The second half we had a little better of the football than we did in the first half, but the goal we conceded was a poor one.

"We knew they were good on the counter we gave the ball away to quickly.

"Our desire to defend our goal has to better but unfortunately this season we have conceded far too many goals," he continued.

"Collectively we have to be forward thinking. We work hard on the training ground and we want that stability in the back four and our goalkeeper. We can score goals we have scored goals."

After back to back promotions, the Saints are not used to being on the wrong end of scorelines and Adkins is desperate to get that first victory on the board.

"We need a win that's without question," he said. "We've done it since Ive been at the football club but its about winning.

"I'm standing here a far better manager than when i joined Southampton than I was six years ago.

"I've got a hunger and a desire. I love being at Southampton. The supporters have been fantastic since i joined the club. I'm positive and it is my responsibility to lead from the front and i have every desire to go and do that.

"I can't control that (his future). It's a decision from the people at the top have to make."


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