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Darren Moore defends Rodriguez after controversial equalizer

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West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has come to the defence of Jay Rodriguez following his controversial equalizer against Aston Villa.

Rodriguez appeared to handle the ball en route to scoring the last goal of the game as West Brom played out a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, but Moore isn’t the former England international didn’t do intentionally.

“He said the ball had hit his arm, but he didn’t know much about it because he threw himself at it,” Moore said, according to Birmingham Mail.

“To see it go in at the end I was really pleased. I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game with the commitment we put in.”

“It had all the ingredients of a local derby.”

There was a tone of swings when Moore was asked about conceding a late goal of such nature and he replied by referencing Brentford’s equaliser at the end of a game against West Brom.

“There was a goal on Monday night I was cheesed off with,” he said.

“What I was happy with was how the boys kept going.”

“I was pleased because we had two days less to prepare for the game.”

“As the game wore on, we needed to get our noses in front because I thought the boys might run out of steam.”

“You’re never happy to concede a goal so I’d imagine Dean’s not very happy about it.”

“Although it wasn’t a win, to score as late as that in a game of that magnitude it certainly feels like it.”