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Anichebe to fight for place

Victor Anichebe has vowed to keep 'working hard' in his efforts to nail down a regular role at West Bromwich Albion.

The summer signing from Everton netted his first Baggies goal on Wednesday during a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City.

The 25-year-old stepped off the bench to open his account in midweek, with patience having been the order of the day for him at The Hawthorns.

Shane Long's return to form has blocked his path of late, while Matej Vydra and Saido Berahino provide further forward-thinking competition in Steve Clarke's plans.

Anichebe told the Birmingham Mail: "I'm going to keep working hard and we'll see where that gets me.

"Longy has played really well. He scored some great goals against Villa and Chelsea. If someone is playing well, then sometimes you have to wait for your chance.

"I was playing well after Man United and I've had a few niggling injuries since then. That knocks you off your feet for a couple of games.

"If someone comes in and plays well, then fair play to them. I'm the first to congratulate anyone who is doing well.

"Now we're looking forward to the game against Norwich. The City game's gone and we'll bounce back on Saturday. We have to get back to where we were before and we know what we need to do to do that."

On his first goal in West Brom colours, which proved to be little more than a late consolation, Anichebe added: "I'm delighted but it's difficult to take because we've lost the game.

"I always knew that sooner or later a goal would come.

"It was a great weighted ball into my feet by Vydra and I didn't really have to do much. I just put my body in the way, turned him, and got the strike towards goal.

"Anyone who has seen me down the years will know that's what I've always done. If a defender comes tight, I will try to roll them."