Ideye to remember for Brown
BROWN Ideye was only minutes from leaving West Brom on deadline day but after firing the Baggies into the FA Cup quarter-finals, he insists he is now in it for the long haul.
The Nigerian striker tormented a hapless West Ham at the Hawthorns – bagging himself two goals and causing the Hammers backline fits every time he touched the ball.
James Morrison scored a screamer, Saido Berahino put a mediocre performance behind him to bag a fourth goal and Morgan Amalfitano saw red for pushing Chris Brunt in the face on a day in which everything that could go wrong for the visitors, invariably did.
And all that was left was for Ideye, whose £3.75 million move to Qatari club Al-Gharafa fell through on the final day of the January transfer window when Albion missed out on West Ham’s Carlton Cole, to wax lyrical about his side’s display.
“You can see that we were on top of the game – we played very well from the goalkeeper to the attack, so if we continue like this then good things will happen,” he explained.
“I’m happy that things sorted themselves out for me – right now I’m very happy for the team and for myself.
“I’m happy here at West Brom – I don’t want to leave, so now I just have to keep working hard.”
Surplus to requirements under Alan Irvine but a key figure under Tony Pulis, Ideye turned in Craig Dawson’s cross from closerange on 20 minutes before Morrison doubled the lead with an unstoppable 25-yard piledriver.
Ideye then nodded in Stephane Sessegnon’s deflected cross for his fourth goal in three games before Amalfitano’s moment of madness and Berahino fired in at the near post to complete the rout.
West Ham looked every bit the tired side that have played three games in the past six days – leaving boss Sam Allardyce to admit they got no less than they deserved.
“I wouldn’t say I was shocked by our performance,” said Allardyce. “I would say it was coming.”
THANKS: Brown Ideye celebrates his first goal
STAR MAN BROWN IDEYE WestBrom