'I asked for desire and I got it'

DARREN Moore has commended Baggies both on the pitch and in the stands as his side twice fought back against Aston Villa to earn a share of the spoils in a thrilling derby encounter.

Anwar El Ghazi struck in either half for Villa but Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez responses, the latter coming in stoppage time, meant Albion extended their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to five games.

"The boys were tremendous and kept going right to the end," Darren said.

"We suffered a last-minute goal on Monday night so the application, dedication, belief and spirit was there right the way to the end.

"They didn't give in and worked tirelessly.

"We had two days less recovery than Villa so I'm absolutely delighted.

"We didn't deserve to lose the game."

The Friday-night clash was contested in front of a crowd of 26,513, the biggest of the season, as two promotion contenders went hammer and tongs at The Hawthorns.

Darren added: "It was a great derby game.

"We've seen four goals but we've seen two teams really at it.

"I thought at 1-1 the next goal was going to be important and it went to them.

"But credit to the lads for getting back into it.

"We asked for hard work, desire and commitment tonight and we got all three.

"It was a great advert for Midlands football - these derbies are always pulsating atmospheres.

"The supporters know that when they're in full voice they keep us going.

"Even at 2-1 they were singing at both ends of the ground.

"Credit to them. You've helped get us a point."

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