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Stoke's Odemwingie happy again

Stoke's Peter Odemwingie is feeling happy and confident once again after putting an ill-fated spell at Cardiff behind him.

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Peter Odemwingie: Scored his first goal for Stoke against Southampton

Peter Odemwingie: Scored his first goal for Stoke against Southampton

Odemwingie joined the Bluebirds in the summer after three years at West Brom but the move did not work out and he left the club in January as part of a swap deal with Kenwyne Jones.

The deal gave both the chance of a fresh start and it is one Odemwingie is enjoying, highlighted by his celebrations after his first Stoke goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Southampton.

"Very often, I was pulled out of games," said the 32-year-old of his time in south Wales.

"I had a poor pre-season and I needed the full 90 minutes to open up and get my fitness back.

"It was a similar situation all the time: the team not doing too well, I would be the first to be pulled off and those things no player can be happy with.

"It became too often and it affected my game and confidence but now I am happy. I can be playing and doing well for the team.

"Three games so far, three 90 minutes.

"I have been in the game a lot of years and I know where I can do well and I saw this team has the quality of players that will make me better.

"There were games in Cardiff when I had to be a target man, backing into players. It is not my game.

"I have never been so strong physically to do that. I would say I was not used in my best way I could have been."

Odemwingie is enjoying playing off Peter Crouch and is hopeful that Mark Hughes' side, having followed up the 2-1 win against Manchester United with a point at St Mary's, can kick on up the table.

"In the dressing room, we want the top half and hopefully we can achieve that," he said, with the Potters 13th ahead of Wednesday's match with Swansea.

"The home results are good but away, they were not so good.

"For that to happen, you have to win a few away and draw a few.

"Hopefully we can get that towards the end of the season and keep the home

form going."

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e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

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toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

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ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

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