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McAuley 'delighted' to see Chadli back on target

14 February 2017

Belgian midfielder bagged stunning opener at the London Stadium

GARETH McAuley has expressed his pleasure at seeing Nacer Chadli back on the scoresheet for the Baggies.

The Northern Ireland international may have stolen the headlines with a last-minute equaliser against West Ham United, but it was Chadli who set Tony Pulis' side on their way with a stunning opener at the London Stadium.

The summer signing collected the ball on the edge of the area before nutmegging both Cheikhou Kouyate and goalkeeper Darren Randolph to give Albion the lead.

"It was a well worked goal and Nacer took it brilliantly," said McAuley.

"He's worked hard to get back to full fitness after his knee operation a few months back.

"He's a smashing player for us and we're delighted he's back on the scoresheet. 

"Hopefully there's more to come before the end of the season."



And after a sublime assist for James Morrison in the 1-0 win over Stoke City at The Hawthorns, McAuley believes Chadli is starting to reproduce his best form.

"When he came he started in blistering form and we're certainly seeing that again now.

"We want to get him into areas where he can show his ability and class.

"He can take the Premier League apart."



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