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J-Rod looks forward to 'massive' derby double-header

6 May 2019

Jay Rodriguez says Albion are now fully focused on facing Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off semi-finals.

The Baggies’ fate was confirmed following the final game of the regular season at Derby County on Sunday afternoon, with a fourth-placed finish for Jimmy Shan’s side setting up the derby double-header.

And Jay, who netted in both of Albion’s league games against Villa this campaign, insists the team is looking forward to facing their West Midlands rivals but knows hard work and the right preparation will be key ahead of the first leg at Villa Park next weekend.

“They’re massive games. These are the ones we want to play in and be a part of,” he said.

“It’s important for us. We need to prepare everything right, like we have done all season.

“These are the biggest games. These are what you play for.

“We know how good Villa are. We know their threats and we know the form they’ve been in.

"But it’s about us - I think that’s the main thing.

“We’ll start again on Monday, get ready and do our preparation for the big game."


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