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Gardner delighted for Irvine

13 December 2014

Midfielder enjoys first-ever Albion goal

CRAIG Gardner paid tribute to Alan Irvine after scoring his first goal for Albion in the 1-0 victory against Villa.

The Baggies midfielder was a man in-demand after the final whistle among the broadcast and written media.

And the ex-Blues and one-time Villa man claimed the win was a reward for Irvine.

"It was nice to win because we've had some bad luck of late - but it was good to get it especially for the gaffer," said Gardner.

"The whole changing room is behind the gaffer so it was great to get that victory.

"Kieran (Richardson) getting sent off meant Villa had to change their game plan so we had to be patient.

"Villa played well - they made it hard for us.

"We've been working really hard on the training ground all week and it was rewarded.

"But we had a game plan. The gaffer explained to us at half-time what we'd need to do and it worked out."

Speaking about his first-ever goal for the club, Gardner continued: "Regardless of what kit I'm wearing - it's a derby game. 

"To score in a derby game is one to tell the kids when they grow up.

"It's a special day for me.

"It was a massive win - for everyone at the club. 

"We've taken four points from the last two games which. It was important for us to get something."

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