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LuaLua must step it up
Kazenga LuaLua has admitted he must up his game for Albion.
LuaLua was disappointed with his performance in Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw against Ipswich.
The winger is sweating on a chance to make amends against Derby County at Pride Park today.
LuaLua told The Argus: “It was nice to start but I don’t think I played well. It wasn’t the performance I was expecting. I need to improve.
“I don’t know why it went like that. I’m trying to do my best.
“You can try for the team but sometimes it doesn’t work and on Tuesday it didn’t work for me. Hopefully next time I have to put it right.
“It was my second start of the season but when you get a chance you have to improve. It didn’t happen on Tuesday, so hopefully if I start again or don’t start and come on I have to make something happen in the game.”
Hamstring stiffness restricted wing rival Will Buckley to the substitute’s bench against Ipswich but he came on to score Albion’s equaliser.
LuaLua also has competition for a place in the team from Spaniard Andrea Orlandi, who was signed on deadline day from Swansea following Craig Noone’s move to Cardiff.
LuaLua said: “It has changed things, Nooney leaving for Cardiff, but we’ve still got Bucker and me. Orlandi can play on the left as well, so there is still competition on the left wing. If you get a chance then you have to take it.
“Orlandi was brilliant in the first half the other night and Bucker is doing well at the moment. Every time he plays he is making things happen and scoring goals. He is playing well for the team, which is important.”