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Moore delighted after West Brom pass ‘stern test’ against Aston Villa

West Brom defeated Aston Villa 2-0 away today in the West Midlands Derby to continue their push for promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Goals from attackers Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez were enough to seal all three points, and Baggies boss Darren Moore was happy his side were able to come away from such a tough place to visit as Villa Park with the win.

“Not many teams will keep clean sheets here. We knew It would be a stern test but we had the right answers, especially once we got in the lead.

“We knew what resilience they have here. I was here to see their comeback against Sheffield United myself,’’ Moore told BBC Sport.

“But we have people like Gareth Barry. He gives you wonderful composure. He’s a calming influence, not overawed by the atmosphere.

“We were ready for the loss of Dwight Gayle. There’s no use crying over spilt milk. We accepted it and moved on. But we’d already passed our audition on how to cope without him. He got injured early in the season and we managed without him then too. But we’re still looking forward to getting him back for the Sheffield United game.”

West Brom remain in fourth in the Championship table after today’s win, four points off the automatic promotion spots.

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