It won’t be Long be­fore we hit it off!

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By BRENDAN MCLOUGH­LIN

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.

Pedi­gree

“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.”

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