Odemwingie double leaves Southampton fighting for life after hitting rock bottom


SOUTHAMPTON’S sorry return to the Premier League continued as the concession of the 27th and 28th goals of their league season last night at West Brom ensured that they remain bottom of the table.

Pressure had already unfairly been mounting on manager Nigel Adkins, who had overseen two consecutive promotions and about who it had strangely been reported that the highly unproven Alan Shearer is in line to replace, but if someone had taken particular satisfaction from the result it is former player Mark Hughes, whose QPR side would have instead gone bottom of the table if Southampton had managed to take even a point.

With four points from 10 games Adkins’s side has at least managed a win but with them averaging one goal for every two conceded it is difficult to envisage any change, managerial or otherwise, inspiring them away from a long and ultimately difficult season.

West Brom have thus far been the league’s greatest surprise package and lie fifth in the table with five wins from the same number of games and in being level on points with Everton and Tottenham – all are a total of two above Arsenal – they continue to impress.

Peter Odemwingie gave the home side a 36th-minute lead with low, driven shot from outside of the area before completing a fine attack with a header in the 60th.