Id­eye to re­mem­ber for Brown

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND - By Simon Pa­trick

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


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