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McAuley: “Thank goodness for your watch”

Defender praises technology following Hull win

GARETH McAuley reserved a special mention for Mark Clattenburg’s watch after goal-line technology rightfully awarded the defender his fourth Premier League strike of the season in the 3-1 win over Hull.

The Baggies centre-back rose highest to meet Matt Phillips’ teasing corner from the left and nod towards goal.

However, Sam Clucas appeared to have prevented Albion from taking a 2-1 lead at The Hawthorns, only for the referee to award the goal moments later following instructions from the electronic device on his wrist.

The decision was welcomed by McAuley, but the Northern Ireland international admitted it could have been a very different outcome were it not for the use of the system.

He said: “It’s always nice to get a goal, especially when it helps us win a game too.

“I was saying to the ref that the goal was tight and thank goodness for your watch.

“He mentioned that without the technology it probably wouldn’t have been given, so of course I am thankful.

“It was a good half inch over the line.

“The delivery from set-pieces from the lads is fantastic.

“We look at things and work out areas to hit.

“If the delivery is right it always gives you a chance to get something on it and we make no apologies for scoring goals in that way.”

Albion’s No.23 also praised the spirited second half comeback against the Tigers in what was the first fixture of 2017.

“Hull had an extra day in the build up to the game.

“We were sloppy in the opening stages and they were right on top of us.

“Hull deserved to go in front after their dominance.

“We had to re-group and we got a bit of a second wind after the break.

“Thankfully we got back into the game and came away with the three points.”