It won’t be Long before we hit it off!
WEST BROM striker Shane Long admits he and Peter Odemwingie face the axe if their partnership fails to blossom.
The Baggies had high hopes for Long and Odemwingie as a double act but they have so far failed to hit it off.
Saturday’s defeat to Wigan was only the sixth time the pair have started together – and the first occasion in more than two months.
Odemwingie netted 15 times in the Premier League last season but this term has managed just two.
Long has fared slightly better, scoring five for the Baggies since his summer arrival from Reading.
But with Simon Cox and Somen Tchoyi waiting in the wings, the Republic of Ireland ace knows they are running out of time to deliver.
“We haven’t played too many games together and it takes a while to get it going,” said Long.
“Peter is obviously a very good striker and he knows what he’s doing.
“I think I’ll learn a lot off him and it will blossom in time, but there are more options there for the head coach if not.
“We’ve got a lot of attacking options and that puts a bit more pressure on us to take our chances when they come our way.
“We need time to understand each other’s runs because it’s not been too good up to now.”
Long insists he still has much to do to prove his pedigree matches that of the Nigeria international.
He added: “I saw him scoring every other week last season. He’s able to cut it at this level.
“I set myself standards to get to his level and show that I can cut it at this level too.”