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Boss: Odemwingie was main 'man'

Clarke hails forward's derby display and reiterates he is going nowhere

STEVE Clarke hailed Peter Odemwingie as the main ‘man’ after he capped an outstanding display with a dramatic 83rd-minute equaliser to earn a precious derby point against Villa.

The Nigeria striker picked the perfect time to score his first goal – his fifth of the campaign – in just over two months.

And Clarke insisted Odemwingie’s second-half performance played a major part in the Baggies’ spirited turnaround as they came from two goals down to draw.

“I thought Peter was outstanding tonight,” said the Hawthorns boss.

“For me he was man of the match.

“He was lively, bright and wanted to be on the ball.

“He played with personality.

“He played like a man – I thought he was great.

“When you’re a goalscorer you just keep getting in the right positions.

“That’s what Peter does – and he got his reward with the equaliser.”

And Clarke again reiterated the former Lokomotiv Moscow hitman is going nowhere as media speculation about his future continues.

“Nobody is going out in January,” he added.

“We don’t need to sell anybody.

“The quicker we get to February 1 the better.

“No-one is coming in and no-one is going out.”