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Anichebe grateful for standing ovation

29 December 2015

Forward was replaced with two minutes left

THE Hawthorns rose to its feet after 88 minutes of Albion’s crucial 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday.

The returning Victor Anichebe received a standing ovation from the Baggies faithful as he left the field to be replaced by Rickie Lambert, following a powerful, dominant and impressive display against the Magpies.

Anichebe was making his first Premier League start of the season, yet the muscular striker looked fit and sharp throughout the encounter, and on another day with a bit more luck, he could have come away with a couple of goals.

After a frustrating few months, the Albion man paid tribute to The Hawthorns crowd who stood to applaud his performance and effort.

“It was a great feeling when I left the pitch to see the fans on their feet,” said Anichebe.

“They have been very supportive throughout what has been a very difficult time for me over the last few months.

“I haven’t been playing so to randomly get the nod was great, and I felt ready for it.

“I have been working hard and I feel very fit and sharp at the moment.

“I was really happy with my performance especially seeing as it was my first game in so long. 

“On another day with a bit more luck, I could have had a couple of goals.

“We put in a great performance and the boys played really well.

“We were always on the front foot, we found spaces in forward areas, our passing was positive and we ran Newcastle into the ground.

“It’s great to get three points, hopefully we can push on from here now.”

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