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Bilic “proud” of players’ performance

Slaven Bilić hailed his side’s “fantastic” performance against Derby County at The Hawthorns as Albion regained top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Baggies, who have now won three consecutive games, produced a classy and dominant display to sweep aside their play-off chasing rivals on a night where goals in each half from Grady Diangana and Dara O’Shea secured three huge points in the promotion race.

It was a showing which left the boss “proud” of his players and Bilic says Wednesday’s result puts them in a strong position with four fixtures to go.

“I’m very pleased," he said. "Of course, it’s all about the result but there are ways to win and we were fantastic.

“The players executed the game plan in the best possible way.

“I am so proud of the players. They defended well, they created so many chances and we didn’t let them have a single opportunity to get shots away.

“Derby are a good team with youth, experience, quality, momentum and something to play for.

“At this stage of the season, it’s all we can ask of the boys, a performance like that.

“We have to use this result to build confidence. We are thinking about Blackburn and Blackburn only now, not the last four.

“We are in a good position and we have to think about ourselves only.”

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