‘Keeper says frontman is tough to deal with
BEN Foster has hailed the impact of Victor Anichebe, after the forward fired Albion into the fifth-round of the FA Cup with a brace at Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
The 26-year-old displayed precise shooting accuracy to put The Baggies ahead at St. Andrew’s, before using his immense power and upper-body strength to muscle past Paul Robinson and squeeze home a second.
The two-goal hero received a standing ovation from the 5,500 travelling fans, after leaving the field to be replaced by Brown Ideye in the 81st minute.
And Foster admits that ‘Vic’ can be extremely difficult to contend with when on top form.
“He was unplayable at times on Saturday,” said the England international.
“If you get the ball into his feet with one defender marking him, then that is trouble.
“I don’t care who you are, you will not be able to stop him bulldozing his way through.
“Vic has shown that if you can get the ball into his feet he will turn defenders, he is fantastic at doing that.
“It is what he does regularly in training and the gaffer has noticed that, it is an incredible strength to have.
“We need to play to our strengths, it is as simple as that.”
The 2-1 victory over Blues saw Albion reach the last-16 of the competition for the first time in five years, and Albion’s No.1 is hoping that tonight’s fifth-round draw will hand his side a home tie.
“Without a doubt, we would like a nice home draw,” said the 31-year-old.
“There were some incredible results over the weekend, which has made everyone sit up a little bit more and take note.
“It will be interesting now, you just never know in the cup.”