Odemwingie reunion no big deal - West Brom boss Clarke

The Nigeria international's final few months as a Baggies player were defined by transfer-seeking controversy but the Scot plays down the significance of their meeting
West Brom manager Steve Clarke has put Peter Odemwingie's exit behind him ahead of their reunion on Saturday.

The Nigeria international will play against his old side for the first time when Cardiff City welcome Clarke's men to Wales.

Odemwingie famously had a transfer to QPR aborted in January, despite claiming that a deal had been agreed, and was then out of favour with the Baggies boss before leaving in the summer but the Scot played down the significance of the meeting.

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"Former players come back and play against you, that's what happens," Clarke told reporters. "People move on in football. Peter has moved on from here and so have we.

"It's possible it can happen [that he will score]. He's a goalscorer and that is his position.

"If he is selected to play for Cardiff then we'll have to deal with him, the same as we have to deal with anyone else they select."

Clarke is adamant that his team will not get sucked in by the atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Norwich City in their last match.

"Cardiff create a good atmosphere, it's a good crowd and they get right behind their team," the West Brom boss observed, "but we're experienced to know the crowd can't affect the play on the pitch so we go there looking to put things right."