Clarke: West Brom must move on from Odemwingie saga

The attacker was booed by Baggies fans as he came on as a substitute in their weekend clash with Sunderland after trying to force a deadline day move to top-flight rivals QPR
Steve Clarke insists West Brom must move on from the controversy following Peter Odemwingie's attempt to force through a move to QPR.

The forward was booed at the Hawthorns on Saturday as he came on during his side’s 2-1 win over Sunderland, but the Scot is confident that he can contribute to the Baggies between now and the end of the season.

"What happened at the end of January has gone and, like I said before, we have to move on," Clarke told reporters.

"Peter is a valuable member of the squad. He’s a talented player and we’re going to use him between now and the end of the season. He was always going to come back into the squad at some stage.

"For me it’s finished. I don’t like talking about it, it’s an incident that happened. It seems to have been a long time ago and we have to move on from it.

"There is no problem with Peter, he has always been part of the group.

"I have always said I couldn’t make any comment on what the supporters were going to do. With almost his first touch he had a great run and shot that went just wide – and he got good applause for that.

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"I think the supporters would have been really happy to see that one slide into the back of the net to make the game more comfortable for everyone."

Ben Foster was also happy with Odemwingie's performance on the pitch and claims that the incident is no longer up for discussion in the West Brom dressing room.

"I thought he did really well for us when he came on," the goalkeeper said. "He is a good player for us, it’s as simple as that.

"He’s an important player when he is on form and we are glad to have him back in the team. He has been on fire in training. We don’t even talk about it in the dressing room anymore, you have got to move on."