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Debutant Ideye on what could have been

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18:26 23rd August 2014

Full interview with the Baggies striker below (VIDEO)

BROWN Ideye was left to reflect on an enjoyable Albion debut but admits he would have loved to have capped it with a goal.

The striker, a club-record signing from Dynamo Kiev over the summer, came off the bench as a 52nd-minute substitute at St Mary’s.

Ideye made an immediate impression and had two chances to break his duck on his Baggies bow.

Firstly, his back-post header flew just inches wide into the side-netting, before a neat turn inside the penalty area left Maya Yoshida for dead yet Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster sped off his line to smother quickly.

The south-coast clash went on to finish goalless, with Albion remaining unbeaten on two points after their opening two games of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign.

“It was a good debut but I really wanted to score today,” Ideye said.

“The first header was close, in my mind it was in, I saw the ball and anticipated a move to the back post, I was unlucky.

“The second chance, I made a great turn but the ‘keeper came out very quickly and it was a good save.”

Ideye got 40 minutes under his belt against Saints in his first senior appearance for Albion.

The Nigeria international was forced to miss the club’s pre-season tour of the US as he waited for his visa application process to complete.

Yet he insists he will ‘soon’ be operating at 100%. 

“We’re getting close to that,” the 25-year-old said.

“I’m always putting targets on myself to make sure I do my best and to try to score every game because, I know that as a striker, a lot depends on you.”

Watch Ideye’s full interview with Albion Player below.