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Irvine salutes 'brilliant' McAuley

Defender's contribution praised by head coach

GARETH McAuley, the 'absolutely brilliant' professional - a model to all out-of-favour players.

That's according to Albion head coach Alan Irvine, who has nothing but good words to say about the 35-year-old.

McAuley made his first outing in the Premier League in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Hull City, producing an excellent performance.

Irvine has been impressed with McAuley's conduct during his extended run out of the starting XI.

Asked about McAuley, Irvine replied: "Brilliant...he's been absolutely brilliant. 

"He's been disappointed that he's not been in but also recognises that Craig Dawson had the chace to get in there before Gareth was fit. 

"He played consistently well and Gareth knew he had to wait for his chance but also keep himself in the right position physically, mentally, tactically and technically - so he's in the right condition to play if called upon.

"He's certainly done that. He was very good last week. Credit to him because he's been a great professional.

"Any lads who are left out of the team only need to look at Gareth during the period he was out of the team."