Boos stopped Odemwingie coming on, admits Clarke
By Football News
West Brom manager Steve Clarke admitted fan reaction stopped him bringing Peter Odemwingie on during their 3-2 loss to Wigan on Saturday.
Clarke sent on Jerome Thomas and James Morrison from the bench midway through the second half and revealed after the game that the Nigerian could have featured had the supporters' reaction been more favourable.
Odemwingie infamously appeared at Loftus Road on deadline day in January trying to force a move to QPR, and has endured a frosty relationship with the Hawthorns faithful since.
"I told Jerome Thomas, James Morrison and Peter Odemwingie to warm up," Clarke said.
"I intended to use two of the three and to be honest the crowd reaction made up my mind.
"The crowd let their feelings be known, but Peter is still part of my squad and it’s something that we’re going to have to deal with between now and the end of the season.
"We continue to work as we’re working now and I still think Peter’s got a part to play in some matches and we’ll deal with it from game to game."
After seeing his side slip up to a relegation-threatened Wigan, Clarke was less than happy with the goals conceded to Arouna Kone, James McArthur and Callum McManaman.
"First half we had good control, scored a really good goal but then we went to sleep a little bit and it gave Wigan life," the Scot added.
"I’m disappointed with the way we defended the crosses coming into the box and we have to defend better than that.
"For us to lose three goals from open play is very unusual and very disappointing."