More to come from Rodwell
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has promised there is much more to come from him after making a successful return to action.
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17. Jack Rodwell
The England international has endured a difficult, injury-plagued season since his £12million move to the Etihad Stadium from Everton last August.
Rodwell has been hampered by hamstring problems throughout his career and spent three months on the sidelines earlier in the campaign before suffering his latest setback in March.
He has been rated highly since the first breaking into the Everton team five years ago and he wants an extended run next season to prove his ability.
Rodwell, who ended his absence with a brief substitute appearance at Swansea last Saturday, said: "It is really good. It's been a stop-start season with injuries so to finally get back out on the pitch, there is no better feeling.
"There is still a lot to come from me. I am still young and still learning.
"That is my first game in six weeks. If I put a back-to-back 10 or 20 games, that is when the fans will see the best of me."
Rodwell was one of City's most influential players in a side showing eight changes from last weekend.
The likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero were among those rested as manager Roberto Mancini prepared for Saturday's FA Cup final against Wigan.
Edin Dzeko scored the only goal with a well-controlled volley after 35 minutes but City had several other chances, going close again as Carlos Tevez and James Milner hit the woodwork.
Rodwell had a number of opportunities to score his first City goal himself but either narrowly missed the target or was thwarted by saves from Boaz Myhill or other defensive blocks.
Rodwell said: "I could have scored a few goals, so I will be reflecting on that, but it was a good team performance overall.
"It was good to get the points."
Rodwell was given a good ovation when he was replaced by Maicon after 76 minutes but accepts he may have to bide his time to establish himself in the side.
He accepts he is likely to be sitting out at Wembley this weekend.
"I have just got to get on with it," he said. "The manager makes the decision at the end of the day.
"I have got to keep focused, train well and see what happens. But at the end of the day, as long as we win, that is the main thing.
"I appreciate it is a big squad and a good squad, with great players. I have got to be patient as well.
"It is just great to be there and be part of the final. Hopefully we can win and it will be a great day."
Mancini was pleased with the performance of Rodwell and added that he has not yet made any final decisions over his cup final line-up, although his missing big guns are likely to return.
The Italian said: "He did well. I think he was unlucky in two or three situations.
"He could have scored a couple of goals but in the end it was important he played for 70 minutes without problem.
"We need to recover these players, also those who played Saturday.
"We need to arrive at the final fresh and prepare very well for this game."
City switched to their controversial 3-5-2 formation midway through the first half and the change worked well as they took control before the break.
West Brom deployed that system for most of the game in a new tactic by manager Steve Clarke and he was reasonably happy with how it functioned, the result aside.
The eighth-placed Baggies had several good chances themselves, keeping Joe Hart busy in the second half and hitting the crossbar through Markus Rosenberg.
Clarke said: "We made a few changes. Our changes, by and large, worked but we lacked that bit of ruthlessness, and maybe that bit of quality to get the result we deserved, which was a minimum one point.
"The change of system and formation has been in my head for a number of weeks and I was just waiting for the right opportunity to try it.
"I would have liked at least another training session on it but we decided to go with it. We wanted to try something different and it worked well.
"A great effort went into it but at the end of the day we got no points.
"We are stuck on 48 points, we want to break the 50-point barrier.
"We have only got two games left to do it. We try to take some positives, we dust ourselves down and look forward to a difficult game away at Norwich."