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Anichebe: First goal is bittersweet

And striker turns his attention to Norwich game

VICTOR Anichebe admitted it was a bittersweet night for him as he netted his first Albion goal in the 3-2 Hawthorns defeat by Manchester City.

The 25-year-old came off the bench to fire a stoppage-time consolation against the former Barclays Premier League champions.  

And the 6ft3in centre-forward insists he is disappointed to have lost the game despite scoring. 

“I’m delighted but it’s difficult to take because we’ve lost the game,” said Anichebe.

“I always knew that sooner or later a goal would come.

“We were looking to get a good result today.

“It was a great weighted ball into my feet by Vydra and I didn’t really have to do much.

“I just put my body in the way, turned him, and got the strike towards goal.

“Anyone who has seen me down the years will know that’s what I’ve always done.

“If a defender comes tight I will try to roll them.

“In my first game for Albion at Fulham I did something similar and I should have scored then.”

The Nigeria international is looking forward to competing with in-form Shane Long for a starting berth at The Hawthorns – but admits he may have to wait his turn for a place in Steve Clarke’s XI. 

“I’m going to keep working hard and we’ll see where that gets me,” added Anichebe.

“Longy ran them to death tonight and I came on and carried on from where he had left it.

“Longy has played really well.

“He scored some great goals against Villa and Chelsea.

“If someone is playing well then sometimes you have to wait for your chance.

“I was playing well after Man United and I’ve had a few niggling injuries since then.

“That knocks you off your feet for a couple of games.

“If someone comes in and plays well then fair play to them.

“I’m the first to congratulate anyone who is doing well.”

Anichebe is now looking forward to Saturday’s Hawthorns clash with Norwich (ko 3pm).

“Now we’re looking forward to the game against Norwich.

“This game’s gone and we’ll bounce back on Saturday.

“We have to get back to where we were before and we know what we need to do to do that.”